Bin Laden is dead, but al-Qaeda is not

For months after Osama bin Laden's death, terrorism experts offered predictions as to whom would be appointed to lead al-Qaeda. On Thursday, the terror network announced that Ayman al-Zawahiri, its second-in-command, would take over as leader, as many observers had predicted. Many of the members of al-Qaeda have been killed or captured since 2001, leaving fewer in positions of responsibility.

  • Remaining leadership
  • Killed
Named as successor to bin Laden

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Nationality: Egypt

Adviser and longtime No. 2 to bin Laden. Head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad group.

Anwar al-Awlaki

Nationality: United States. Holds dual American and Yemeni citizenship.

Leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Saif al-Adel

Nationality: Egypt

Security chief, succeeded Muhammad Atef. Former Eqyptian army officer who joined the mujaheddin in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Reportedly being held under house arrest in Iran, but may have been released.

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman

Nationality: Libya

Joined bin Laden in the 1980s and became an explosives expert.

Adnan Gulshair el-Shukrijumah

Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Operations. Lived in the United States with his father, a Muslim cleric.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah

Nationality: Egypt

Financial operations.

Adam Gadahn

Nationality: United States

Propagandist. Grew up in California and converted to Islam as a teenager. Moved to Pakistan in 1998 and appeared in several al-Qaeda videos. Indicted and charged with treason in 2006.

Killed May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden

Nationality: Saudi Arabia

Al-Qaeda's top leader and founder. His holy war against the United States and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks made him the most wanted terrorist in the world.

Killed May 2010

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid

Nationality: Egypt

Chief financial manager. Original member of al-Qaeda’s leadership council.

Killed July 2008

Midhat Mursi

Nationality: Egypt

Chemical weapons expert. Fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Led al-Qaeda’s biological and chemical weapons research.

Killed Jan. 29, 2008

Abu Yahya al-Libi

Nationality: Libya

Operations and planning. Originally a leader with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Appeared in al-Qaeda videos.

Killed Sept. 25, 2006

Omar al-Farouq

Nationality: Kuwait

Liason for al-Qaeda in Indonesia. Escaped in 2005 from Bagram prison with three other detainees.

Killed June 7, 2006

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Nationality: Jordan

Operations. Leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Connected to the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

Killed Nov. 30, 2005

Abu Hamza Rabia

Nationality: Egypt

International operations. Considered to have been third in al-Qaeda, behind bin Laden and Zawahiri.

Killed Nov. 3, 2002

Salim al-Harethi

Nationality: Yemen

Chief operative in Yemen. Was a close associate of bin Laden’s in Sudan in the early 1990s. Considered involved in the attack on the USS Cole in 2000.

Killed Nov. 14, 2001

Muhammad Atef

Nationality: Egypt

Operations. Fought the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Married a daughter to one of bin Laden’s sons.

SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: The Washington Post. Published May 2, 2011.