Who Leads al-Qaeda Now That Osama bin Laden is Dead?
Osama bin Laden Killed- Who Runs al-Qaeda?
Al Qaeda's acting leader is a man name Adnan Shukrijumah, who in turn took over from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Osama bin Laden, who has just been killed by US forces in Pakistan, was a founder and major financial backer of al Qaeda. (White House Live Stream: Osama bin Laden dead)
Adnan Shukrijumah, 35 years old, was born in Saudi Arabia and was raised in the United States, where he worked as a computer technician. He is considered by the US government to be al Qaeda's "chief of operations", and has been linked with several aborted or thwarted terror plots on US soil, including a 2009 plot against the New York subway system.
Some online sources describe Adnan Shukrijuman as a "trained nuclear technician", which is actually not the case.
The War on Terror Continues
So, the death of Osama bin Laden does not mean the end of the "war on terror", as there will always be someone willing to take up the extremist cause. This is a massive victory for the US military and for the White House, though the immediate response will be a tightening of security around US government buildings and foreign assets, in case of retaliatory attacks.