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Al-Qaeda's new leader threatens retaliatory attack on London

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Saif al-Adel, who apparently headed the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, has vowed to "crush" London in retaliation for the Osama bin Laden's death.

Saif al-Adel, who apparently headed the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, has vowed to "crush" London in retaliation for the Osama bin Laden's death, Daily Mail said.

Al-Adel, 51, once Bin Laden's security chief, has been confirmed as the new Al-Qaeda leader at a meeting of Taliban and Al-Qaeda leadership on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"Our new leader has asked for a big plan for London," the paper quoted Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan as saying. "He believes the UK is the backbone of Europe and must be crushed."

Bin Laden was shot dead by U.S. Special Forces during a raid on his home in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2. His body was buried in the sea.

MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti)