The top 5 militant leaders still hiding in Pakistan

Osama bin Laden was not the only Al Qaeda leader hiding in Pakistan. The US believes there are others, including people on its list of Most Wanted Terrorists.

1. Ayman al-Zawahiri

Richard B. Levine/Newscom/File
Osama Bin Laden (r.) listens to his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri on a video tape that was released on Al-Jazeera Arabic television on April 15, 2002.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian citizen who founded the Egyptian Islamic Jihad militant group, took over for Osama bin Laden as the leader of Al Qaeda when bin Laden was killed in May 2011. He was already considered the group’s central ideologue and one of the brains behind the 9/11 attacks. 

There is a $25 million bounty on information leading to Mr. Zawahiri’s arrest. With the death of Mr. bin Laden, who was also one of the original 22 people on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists released in October 2001, Zawahiri is reportedly now the world’s most-wanted living terrorist. The US has indicted him for his alleged role in the 1998 bombing of US embassies in Tanzinia and Nairobi.

He went into hiding after the US overthrew the Taliban in late 2001, supposedly in the remote region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and survived a US drone strike in Pakistan in 2006.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on a May 5 trip to India, "There are several significant leaders still on the run. Zawahiri, who inherited the leadership from bin Laden, is somewhere, we believe, in Pakistan.

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