Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri was an Egyptian-born physician and theologian who was the leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda from June 2011 until his death in July 2022.
Following Osama bin Laden death, he succeeded him and was earlier a senior member of Islamist organizations which orchestrated attacks in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe.
He called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners in Muslim countries in 2012.
The U.S. State Department offered a $25 million reward for information or intelligence leading to Ayman al-Zawahiri’s capture after the September 11 attacks.
He was put under worldwide sanctions in 1999 by the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee as a member of al-Qaeda.
Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in Kabul by a US drone strike on July 31, 2022. He was 71 years.
Ayman al-Zawahiri Parents: Umayma Azzam, Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri
Ayman al-Zawahiri was born on June 19, 1951, in Giza, Egypt to his parents Umayma Azzam and Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri.
In 2001, The New York Times described al-Zawahiri as coming from “a prosperous and prestigious family that gives him a pedigree grounded firmly in both religion and politics”.
The wealthy family is linked to the Harbi tribe in Zawahir, a small town in Saudi Arabia, located in the Badr.
Al-Zawahiri’s parents both came from prosperous families. Al-Zawahiri’s father, Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri, came from a large family of doctors and scholars from Kafr Ash Sheikh Dhawahri, Sharqia Governorate, in which one of his grandfathers was Sheikh Muhammad al-Ahmadi al-Zawahiri (1887–1944) who was the 34th Grand Imam of al-Azhar.