September 11: Al Qaeda Leaders 11 Years After Attacks, Where Are They Now? [PHOTOS]

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on September 11 2012 12:33 PM
  • Bin Laden
    The document from the Islamabad government unearthed other strange and fascinating details of Osama bin Laden’s secret life in Pakistan. Reuters
  • Nasser al Wahishi
    Al Wahishi was once bin Laden's aide-de-camp and now commands AQAP, al Qaeda's affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula. Reuters
  • Ibrahim Hassan al Asiri
    Saudi Ibrahim Hassan al Asiri is believed to be responsible for building the underwear bomb used to try to bring down a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas 2009, as well as the printer-cartridge bombs, according to the Associated Press Reuters
  • Said al Masri
    Al Qaeda's no. 3 was killed in an American drone strike in May 2012. Reuters
  • Abu Musab al Zarqawi
    Al Qaeda's brutal leader in Iraq was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006. Reuters
  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
    Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the attacks of 9/11, was captured in Pakistan in 2003 and is being held at Guantanamo Bay. Reuters
  • Saif al Adel
    Al Adel was Bin Laden's former security advisor. He is still at-large Reuters
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On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The terrorists went on to pilot the aircrafts in a series of attacks that would end up claiming the lives of 3,000 people.

Much has been learned about al-Qaeda since that sad day in 2001, including information about the hierarchy of the group that masterminded the attacks. As a result, al-Qaeda underwent some dramatic transformations from assaults on the group's power base in Afghanistan to many of its leaders being captured or killed.

A recent report by CNN's Peter Bergen revealed that 16 key al-Qaeda operatives were killed or captured in Pakistan during the George W. Bush presidency. Since then, CIA drone strikes and other top-secret missions have killed 15 of the most important players in al-Qaeda under the Obama presidency.

The latter includes the widely publicized Navy SEAL Team 6 mission that is responsible for the killing of longtime al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

While the formation of leaders in the infamous militant group has most definitely shifted over the years, take a look at al-Qaeda's leadership, 11 years after 9/11. Click "start" to see who's still in power and who is powerless.

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