Al-Qaida has invited journalists to send questions to its No. 2 figure Ayman al-Zawahri, the first time the terror network has offered an "interview" with one of its top leaders since the 9/11 attacks in the US. The statement, first posted on Sunday, invites "individuals, agencies and all media" to submit written questions for Zawahri by sending them to the Islamic Web forums where Al-Sahab traditionally posts its messages. It said it would take questions until January 16, then Zawahri would answer them "as much as he is able and at the soonest possible occasion." It did not say whether his answers would come in a written, video or audio-tape form. The authenticity of the invitation could not be independently confirmed.