Who runs Al Qaeda ‘barely matters’: US

June 17th, 2011 - 6:45 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 17 (IANS) The United States has termed the reports of new Al Qaeda chief taking over the reins following Osama bin-Laden’s death as insignificant.

Reacting to the appointment of Ayman al-Zawahiri as Al Qaeda’s new leader, the US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said: “What I’d like to say today is, frankly, it barely matters who runs Al Qaeda.”

“Because Al Qaeda is a bankrupt ideology. If you look around the world, the peace movements for change around the world have done far more for Muslim people than Al Qaeda has ever produced,” she added during the daily briefing.

Al Qaeda announced Thursday Ayman al-Zawahri, an Egyptian-born 60-year-old physician, as its new leader. He succeeds Osama, who was killed May 2 by US special commandoes in Pakistan’s Abbottabad city.

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