Report: Al Qaeda Picks an Interim President

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Saif Al-Adel, a suspected terrorist wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies Tanzania and Kenya, is shown in a photo released by the FBI October 10, 2001 in Washington, DC. President George W. Bush attended an event to announce the FBI's most wanted terrorists, during a visit to the Bureau. (Photo Courtesy of FBI/Getty Images) Photo: Courtesy of FBI/Getty Images

Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian former Special Forces officer who has been prominent in Al Qaeda for years, has been tapped by the loose network of terror groups to oversee a transition to a new leader. According to CNN, this might be controversial among Saudi and Yemeni branches of the group — and it might be a test to see whether those squadrons would accept another Egyptian, Ayman al-Zawahiri, as permanent leader. [CNN]