Ayman al-Zawahiri emerges as new leader of al Qaeda June 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM EST - Updated June 24 at 10:04 AM al Qaeda has a new leader. According to numerous jihadist websites Ayman al-Zawahiri has been appointed to pick up where Osama bin Laden left off. al-Zawahiri was bin Laden's deputy when he was killed last month in a U.S. raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan. al-Zawahiri is a doctor and founding member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), a militant organization that merged with al Qaeda in 1998. The FBI is offering a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture. CLICK HERE for more. Copyright 2011 WOIO. All rights reserved.