Just over a month after Osama Bin Laden was killed by US forces in Pakistan, the terror group al Qaeda has revealed its new chief in long-time former deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. This information is gathered from the messages posted on some of the terror group’s affiliate websites.

The US wasted no time in focusing its attention on the newly appointed leader of the extremist organization that is responsible for the September 11 attacks that killed around 2,000 people – regarded as the biggest attack on American soil to date. A high ranking US military official told reporters that the US military will “seek to capture and kill” al-Zawahiri as they have done to his predecessor.

The announcement simply made al-Zawahiri’s role official as some reports suggest that the Egyptian leader was already heading the group even before bin Laden was killed. In a statement by Al Qaeda’s general command posted online on Thursday, they stated “al-Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the group.”

Al Qaeda has not disclosed details pertaining to the selection process for choosing the successor for bin Laden. However, they did reveal that the move was a tribute to all their “martyrs” and to the death of its former leader. For al-Zawahiri, his whereabouts are still unknown, but like previous assessments on bin Laden, which later proved to be false, he is believed to be hiding along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

By early June, he finally broke his silence on the death of bin Laden and promised to intensify attacks against US interests and its allies as a revenge for the killing of bin Laden. The US have offered a hefty $25 million bounty as reward for information that could lead to the capture of the new Al Qaeda chief.

The Taliban leadership based in Pakistan hailed the selection of al-Zawahiri and expressed their continuing support to al Qaeda in their fight against the Americans and other so-called “infidel forces” globally. This was confirmed by Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban, in an interview to the The Associated Press.

US federal authorities have recently issued a warning on hotels in major cities across the United States to be watchful and vigilant after obtaining intelligence reports uncovering al Qaeda’s plans to launch a “Mumbai-style” attack in London. Intelligence agents have gathered the latest terror plot in Somalia from an al Qaeda operative that was killed last week in a Mogadishu checkpoint.

In regards to the upheavals in the Arab world, al Qaeda on Thursday expressed its support to the protesters and stated that the uprisings will free the “oppressed Muslim people” from tyrants that allegedly the West have helped install in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Morocco.

Some regional experts believe, however, that the series of popular uprisings have undermined al Qaeda’s influence in many of the Arab countries mentioned. They argue that the protesters have openly shown dislike over al Qaeda principles as much as the regimes that they want to topple from power. The wave of revolutions in the Arab world were done without the use of violence which completely contradicts al Qaeda’s methods.