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The bloodthirsty men vying to succeed Osama

Jerome Taylor

Published 11/05/2011 | 05:00

Osama bin Laden (left) with adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, now reputed to head the al-Qa'ida network.

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THE NEXT generation of al-Qa'ida commanders will be considerably more brutal than Osama bin Laden, according to intelligence experts.

Senior al-Qa'ida leaders confirmed Bin Laden's death last week but their statement made no mention of who might succeed him. Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qa'ida's number two, is almost certain to oversee the immediate power vacuum.

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