A Saudi newspaper quoted unnamed Afghan and Pakistani sources as saying that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri had recently passed away.
The Saudi Arab News newspaper published a report confirming that Al-Zawahiri died in Ghazni province about a month ago.
The newspaper, quoting unidentified Pakistani security sources, said that it had information that Al-Zawahiri was ill, but could not confirm his death.
As it was stated in the newspaper news that none of the American authorities had confirmed its knowledge of the news of the death of Al-Zawahiri, which the newspaper spoke about.
The author of the report recounted that he had contacted a former al-Qaeda translator and told him that Al-Zawahiri had died in Ghazni province a month ago.
It is interesting that the author of the report did not mention the name of the translator or the names of Afghan and Pakistani security officials, about whom he narrated matters that did not confirm the news.
He sufficed by saying that his sources had spoken to him informally "because they are not authorized to speak to the media."
The report stated that "Al-Zawahiri, 69, last appeared in a video message on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States this year."
According to a United Nations report on the activities of terrorist groups from around the world released last July, “Al-Qaeda was operating secretly in 12 Afghan provinces, and its leader, Al-Zawahiri, remained stationed in Afghanistan.
The United Nations estimated the total number of Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan between 400 and 600.
The newspaper pointed out, "If this development is confirmed, it is likely to create a deep void in the leadership within the base, where recently at least two senior leaders were killed who could have been in the line to replace him."
"The New York Times" reported last week that "the second man in Al Qaeda, accused of helping orchestrating the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran last August by Israeli agents acting on the orders of the United States."
The newspaper quoted intelligence officials, "Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who was called the nom de guerre (Abu Muhammad al-Masry), was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle in the streets of Tehran last August."
Last October, Afghan security forces killed Abu Mohsen Al-Masry, another person on the FBI's list, while the Afghan government announced this month that it had killed "another prominent leader in al-Qaeda."