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May 19th, 2011
09:52 AM ET

New Al Qaeda leader?

Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, an ex-militant says. CNN National Security Analyst, Peter Bergen writes, an Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been chosen "caretaker" leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.

Al Qaeda's interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman. Benotman has known the al Qaeda leadership for more than two decades. He was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a militant organization that used to be aligned with al Qaeda, but in recent years renounced al Qaeda's ideology. Read More Watch what Peter Bergen says about the new leader.

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