Brother of al-Qaeda Chief Arrested in Egypt
Zawahri's sibling ran own hard-line group
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2013 8:41 AM CDT
A file photo of al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahri.   (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group, File)

(Newser) – Egyptian authorities have arrested the younger brother of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri, a security official said today. Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was detained at a checkpoint in Giza, the city across the Nile from Cairo. He had been allied with ousted President Mohammed Morsi, whose supporters continue to protest against this week's bloody crackdown. The younger Zawahri's group espouses a hard-line ideology but was not clandestine prior to Morsi's ouster.

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Aug 18, 2013 12:13 PM CDT
I don't know, cracking down on all those ultraconservatives like this. What if that happened here? We'd lose one entire political party (lol)
Aug 18, 2013 10:44 AM CDT
I feel confident that the information that the NSA gathered from me was instrumental in the success of this operation........So America, you are welcome, glad to sacrifice for the cause.
Aug 17, 2013 2:31 PM CDT
What are they waiting for? The story should have read "Mohammed al-Zawahri shot dead at checkpoint"