"The long-serving second-in-command of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been appointed its head following the death of Osama Bin Laden, the militant organisation said in a statement. Bin Laden was killed by US forces in Pakistan in early May.
Al-Qaeda warned it would continue to fight a holy war against the US and Israel under Zawahiri's direction- while a US official dismissed Zawahiri's appointment, saying he had "nowhere near" Bin Laden's credentials.
The statement announcing his appointment was posted on a militant website and attributed to al-Qaeda's General Command.
"Sheikh Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, may God guide him, assumed responsibility as the group's amir [leader]", it said.
It vowed that under Zawahiri, it would pursue jihad or holy war against the US and Israel "until all invading armies leave the land of Islam". Read More
Al Zawahiri's promotion in status came with the total lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, and he was born June 19, 1951 in Egypt on a Sagittarius full moon. Sagittarius is the sign most related to religion and belief systems. The full moon at his birth fell within about a degree and a half of the Galactic Center, that I wrote about yesterday. Al Zawahiri may somehow feel called to jihad(holy war) by a perceived higher power that emanates from the center of our galaxy. Nevertheless, the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity emphasized in his birth chart, suggests he's not only a doctor(Chiron), but an intelligent man- despite his violent agenda informed by a fundamentalist ideology(the dark side of Sagittarius).
Yesterday's full moon lunar eclipse belongs to Saros series 130 that began with it's first event on June 10, 1416, at 27 Sagittarius 40. When we convert the date of this 1416 eclipse from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar by adding 9 days, we arrive at June 19 in our modern calendrical system. Ayman al-Zawahiri was born on June 19, 1951. Therefore, he was honored and appointed leader of Al Qaeda on a lunar eclipse, that belongs to a Saros series begun 600 years ago with a lunar eclipse on his date of birth. Saros Series 130
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The solar eclipse preceeding Zawahiri's birth took place on Mar. 7, 1951 in the mystical sign of Pisces the Fishes, on the Moon's Ascending Node(Dragon's Head) that conjoined Jupiter to the degree. (Jupiter is the ancient ruler/lord of Pisces.) And interestingly this eclipse, which was visible in varying degrees across the US, was the first eclipse ever televised on TV to a national audience. This pre-natal eclipse belongs to Saros series 129 that began with it's first eclipse on Oct. 3, 1103 at 15 Libra opposite Pluto(15 Aries). So the extremely intense(-180- Pluto) first eclipse of Saros 129 conjoins Zawahiri's natal Neptune(dreams, ideals, and spiritual aspirations)- while the conjunction between eclipse Neptune and his natal Pluto(power, obsessions, and ruthless force) is also tight. Saros Series 129
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More on the birth of Al Qaeda soon.