Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian surgeon who became a mastermind of jihad against the West


Al-Zawahri more than anyone shaped al-Qaida, first as bin Laden’s deputy since 1998, then as his successor. Together, he and bin Laden turned the jihadi movement’s guns to target the United States, carrying out the deadliest attack ever on American soil — the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackings. The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon made bin Laden America’s Enemy No. 1. But he...

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