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Al Qaeda leader hosts bin Laden video

DUBAI | Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri resurfaced for the second time in a month on Wednesday in an online video on the life of his late predecessor Osama bin Laden who, he said, was blind in one eye.

In the almost hourlong video, the third in a series titled “Days with the Imam,” al-Zawahri narrates stories about bin Laden, who was killed by elite U.S. Navy SEALs in May 2011 at his compound in Pakistan.

Al-Zawahri revealed “for those who do not know” that Saudi-born bin Laden was left blind in the right eye after an accident in his youth.

He also said bin Laden was a former member of the Saudi branch of the Muslim Brotherhood before he was evicted for insisting on jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Al-Zawahri’s latest video posted on a jihadist forum appeared to be about 2 months old as he offered greetings to Muslims for the start of the fasting month of Ramadan, which ended Aug. 20.

From wire dispatches and staff reports