Al-Zawahri succeeds bin Laden as al-Qaida leader

Al-Qaida's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri (AP)

June 16, 2011 7:22:37 AM PDT
Osama bin Laden's longtime deputy Ayman al-Zawahri has taken control of al-Qaida, the group said Thursday, a widely anticipated move that comes at a time the terror network is struggling for relevance amid a wave of Arab uprisings that has threatened to upstage it.