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According to information posted on some Islamist websites, al Qaeda has a new leader. But the U.S. government isn't particularly worried about the announcement. Here's more.
The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it "barely matters" who the new leader of al Qaeda is after reports that Ayman al-Zawahri has replaced Osama bin Laden.
[Victoria Nuland, U.S. State Department Spokesperson]:
"We have seen the reports. What I would 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 peaceful movements for change around the world have done far more for Muslim people than al Qaeda has ever produced."
Zawahri took over leadership after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the group said on Islamist websites on Thursday.
Bin Laden's lieutenant and the brains behind much of al Qaeda's strategy, Zawahri vowed this month to press ahead with its campaign against the United States and its allies.