Egyptian-born Saif al-Adel has become the acting leader of al Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden, Pakistani News daily said on Tuesday, quoting an anonymous source.
The paper said al-Adel was a close ally of al Qaeda's ideologist, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and was responsible for the network's international contacts.
According to the daily, al-Adel was appointed at an urgent meeting of al Qaeda's commanders.
Bin Laden was killed on May 2 in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, north of the capital Islamabad, during a raid by U.S. Navy Seals.
NEW DELHI, May 17 (RIA Novosti)