Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri likely in Afghan, Pak border region, probably alive but too frail: UN report
Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group's enigmatic commander, is "definitely alive but too feeble to be portrayed in propaganda," according to a UN investigation. According to a United Nations study, a large portion of Al-leadership Qaeda's dwells in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, including the group's elusive head Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is "definitely alive but too feeble to be portrayed in propaganda." According to the study, which was released on Friday, considerable numbers of Al-Qaeda members and other foreign extremist groups affiliated with the Taliban are stationed throughout Afghanistan. The Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team's twelfth report stated, "Member states reported that a significant portion of Al-Qaeda leadership remains based in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the core is joined by and works closely with Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent”. Al Qaeda commander "Ayman Muhammed Rabi al-Zawahiri" is thought to be hiding someplace along the Afghan-Pakistan border. Previous reports of his death owing to bad health have not been substantiated. "One member state says that he is definitely alive but too feeble to be highlighted in propaganda," according to the report, which did not name the country. According to the report, Al-near-term Qaeda's plan is to keep its customary safe haven in Afghanistan for its top leadership. The Monitoring Team cited reports indicating that Al-fundamental Qaeda's approach is to practise "strategic patience" for a period of time before attempting to plot strikes against foreign targets again. This scenario hasn't been tested against the Taliban's proclaimed prohibition of such activity." Al-Qaeda, including Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, is said to have a number of people ranging from a few dozen to 500 persons. The backbone of Al-Qaeda is made up of non-Afghan citizens, primarily from North Africa and the Middle East.