Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri ( born June 19, 1951) is the current leader of al-Qaeda and a current or former member and senior official of Islamist organizations which have orchestrated and carried out attacks in North America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In 2012, he called on Muslims to kidnap Western tourists in Muslim countries.
Since the September 11 attacks, U.S. State Department has offered a US$25 million reward for information leading to al-Zawahiri’s capture. He is under worldwide sanctions by the United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee as a member or affiliate of al-Qaeda.
On August 1, 2008, CBS News reported that it had obtained a copy of an intercepted letter dated July 29, 2008, from unnamed sources in Pakistan, which urgently requested a doctor to treat al-Zawahiri. The letter indicated that al-Zawahiri was critically injured in a US missile strike at Azam Warsak village in South Waziristan on July 28 that also reportedly killed al Qaeda explosives expert Abu Khabab al-Masri. Taliban Mehsud spokesman Maulvi Umar told the Associated Press on August 2, 2008, that the report of al-Zawahiri’s injury was false.
In early September 2008, Pakistan Army claimed that they “almost” captured al-Zawahiri after getting information that he and his wife were in the Mohmand Agency, in northwest Pakistan. After raiding the area, officials didn’t find him.
Likely location, Tribal Areas of Northwest Pakistan. An unsubstantiated photo recently released purportedly showing al-Zawahiri sticking his head out of a sewer hole in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar. It appears he is taking no chances and subsisting in the maggot infested slim-pits below Peshawar.
Reports have surfaced that al-Zawahiri’s three wives are threatening him with divorce if he doesn’t come up with better living conditions. One wife was quoted as saying: “the deplorable, stinky, raw sewage infested slim pits of the sewers deep below Peshawar is nowhere to bring up a family!”