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Osama bin Laden’s replacement has been chosen. His name is Saif al-Adel and he is a war tested military veteran who’s already proven he has no problem fawking the U.S. up.

Al-Adel, who is about 50 and whose real name is Muhamad Ibrahim Makkawi, was a colonel in the Egyptian special forces and one of the masterminds of the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

He is a pioneer of Al Qaeda who fought with the mujahideen in Afghanistan to against the Soviet invasion of the 1980s.

He has ties to Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad and a host of other militant Islamic groups.

The FBI already has a $5 million price on his head for his involvement in the devastating 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

He is also believed to have trained the Somali fighters who killed 18 U.S. servicemen in Mogadishu in 1993.

Pakistan’s The News newspaper reported that he was chosen Bin Laden’s successor at a secret meeting of Al Qaeda generals.

There is “good” news though: sources within al Qaeda are saying that al-Adel is probably just an interim leader.

But if this guy isn’t bad enough to run the show full time, we should probably be worried.

We should probably also question the fact that the only picture we have of this guy is from some time around 1953.

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