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Al-Qaeda 2.0A Critical Reader$
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Donald Holbrook

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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The Noble Knight Dismounted

The Noble Knight Dismounted

May 2011

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Chapter:
(p.21) The Noble Knight Dismounted
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Al-Qaeda 2.0
Author(s):
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0002

Ayman al-Zawahiri’s first statement as leader of Al-Qaeda. Issued weeks after Osama bin Ladin was killed by US special forces in his Abbottabad compound in north-east Pakistan, Zawahiri seeks to combine his eulogy of the fallen leader—heavily reliant on poetry—with his vision regarding the challenges the ummah [nation or community] is facing and how to address them. He reiterates bin Ladin’s ‘oath’, promising to inflict casualties on the oppressors as long as they make the Muslims suffer. Reflecting on bin Ladin’s objectives, he argues that the late leader had been successful in rousing the ummah, which he claims was his principal goal.

Keywords:   Al-Qaeda, Abbottabad, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Ladin

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