2005-07-19 16:38:07 UTC
Al Qaeda's Al-Zawahiri Received Terrorist Training in Russia -
MosNews 19/07/2005 10:12
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), formerly known as the KGB,
gave terrorist training to Ayman-al-Zawahiri, the second most wanted
member of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, Asian News International
The Pakistani newspaper The Dawn quoted a report in the Polish
newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" that before deciding to join Osama,
Zawahiri received terrorist training in 1998 at an FSB camp in
Thereafter, he shifted his base to Afghanistan to become Osama bin
Laden's deputy, the paper quoted a former FSB agent as saying.
The agent also claimed that Zawahiri was not the only link between the
FSB and al-Qaeda.
Zawahiri has been indicted for his alleged role in the Aug. 7, 1998,
bombings of U.S. Embassies in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi,
The U.S. State Department's "Rewards for Justice Program" has
offered a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly
to the apprehension or conviction of Zawahiri.
Born on June 19, 1951, Zawahiri is a prominent member of al-Qaeda, and
formerly headed the Egyptian Islamic Jihad paramilitary organization.
Al-Zawahiri is a physician by trade and speaks Arabic, French, and some
In 1998 he formally merged the Egyptian Islamic Jihad into al-Qaeda.
According to reports by a former al-Qaeda member, he has worked in the
organization since its inception and was a senior member of the
group's shura council. He is often described as a "lieutenant" to
Osama. It is also assumed that al-Zawahiri serves as Bin Laden's
doctor as the latter reportedly suffers from a kidney disorder,
possibly requiring dialysis.