US official: US sees Zawahri announcement as genuine

PARIS - The US government believes an online announcement that Ayman al Zawahri is the new al-Qaida leader is genuine, a US counter-terrorism official said on Thursday.
The official told Reuters US authorities saw as genuine a statement posted on a website that the Egyptian-born veteran militant had taken over from Osama bin Laden, shot dead in a US raid on his hideout in Pakistan on May 2.
Asked if the government saw the message as authentic, the official replied: "Yes."
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