04 May '11, 8am

New Al-Qaeda chief will be 'next enemy No. 1': CIA

New Al-Qaeda chief will be 'next enemy No. 1': CIA

Osama bin Laden (L) sits with his adviser and purported successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the Al-Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (not pictured) in an image supplied by the respected Dawn newspaper Nov 10, 2001. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON - WHILE it is not yet certain who will replace Osama bin Laden to lead Al-Qaeda, CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Tuesday that whoever take his place will becomes America's new public enemy number one. Osama's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is expected in some circles to take over, but it is not clear how soon that will happen and he may be more concerned for his own public safety after US special operations took out the Al-Qaeda chief in a daring raid. 'He's moving up very fast on the list,' Panetta told CBS television's Evening News With Katie Couric in referring to Zawahiri. Mr Pane...

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