Doesn’t surprise me, but a report showed that al-Zawahiri is the guy calling the shots. From the report:
“Although Bin Laden remains the group’s ideological figurehead, Zawahiri has emerged as Al Qaeda’s strategic and operational planner,” the report added.
People don’t seem to understand the format of Al-Qaeda. Yes bin Ladn is in charge of it, but think of this network as a corporation if anything. Bin Laden is like the CEO: he has influence, but at the same time, he doesn’t. Al-Zawahiri is like the managing director. If we capture or kill bin Laden, al-Qaeda will still survive. If we capture or kill al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda will be detrimentally weakened. But like most Americans, no one listens. They only care about bin Laden. I say the bigger threat is al-Zawahiri.