Former Egyptian officer replacing Bin Laden
Egyptian activist Saif al-Adel has been chosen "caretaker" head of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos, a media report said. Saif al-Adel, who was once a Special Forces officer in the Egyptian army, will be Al Qaeda’s interim leader, CNN quoted Noman Benotman, an ex-militant, as saying.
Benotman was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). According to him, Saif al-Adel, also called Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, has been chosen as the global jihadist community was growing angry due to the lack of a formal announcement to Bin Laden’s successor, the media report said.
Benotman said that the decision was not made by Al Qaeda’s shura council as it is currently not possible to gather them in one place.
Saif al-Adel has been involved in jihadist activities since the late 1980s.