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Opinion The time I met the brains of al-Qaeda

Ayman al- Zawahiri was Osama bin Laden's interpreter. He translated bin Laden’s responses from Arabic into perfect English. He was able to pose critical questions with a mild smile on his face and then conveyed his responses to me in a very aggressive tone. When he was killed by a U.S. drone strike, he was clearly important for the Taliban: an Arab jihadist who openly opposed the Islamic State and saw the Taliban as a partner. If bin Laden was once the public face of al-Qaeda, Zawhiri was its brains, writes Ghaffar Hussaini. Hussaini: It's evident that the Taliban has not changed its old ways, despite pledges to the West to shun international terrorists. He says he was still a figure to be treated with respect

Zawahiri was seen more like a father figure for different militant groups hiding in Afghanistan. The Taliban made a mistake by allowing him to be there. In the end, his presence will be another factor hurting the people of Afghanistan.