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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Egyptian Saif al-Adel interim AQ leader; UBL's baya to Taliban dead with him

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/05/17/mideast.al.qaeda.appointee/index.html?hpt=T1

Egyptian  Saif al-Adel named "acting" (read interim) leader of al Qaeda. Suggested could be to gauge supporter reaction to an Egyptian leader, paving way for al-Zawahiri to take over as permanent AQ leader. Even terrorists can be PR savvy. More interesting is the topic of baya (religious oath of allegiance). Bin Laden gave baya to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. That oath died with UBL and opens door for Omar/TB to sever ties with AQ and reconcile.

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