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Where is al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri?

May 18, 2015, Bruce Riedel

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has not issued a statement or released a video since last September, despite a number of major events having occurred during that period including the deaths of top al-Qaida leaders, advances made by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Bruce Riedel speculates on why the usually effusive terrorist leader has gone silent in recent months. 

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