An Al-Qaeda fanatic who helped mastermind the 9/11 attacks could be “eliminated” within weeks, a former Brit spy has claimed.
Twisted Ayman Zawahiri faces being handed over by his Taliban bodyguards after an 18-year CIA manhunt.
The intelligence official claimed Zawahiri – who has a £20million US bounty on his head – could be sacrificed to help smooth peace talks with the US.
The 67-year-old Egyptian served as Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand-man and helped plan the deadly World Trade Centre attacks – which killed 3,000 Americans.
An ex-MI6 spook told the Daily Mirror that Zawahiri is now more “exposed” than ever.
He said: “As one of the architects of 9/11, his targeting would be a huge plus for an American president like Trump.
"Zawahiri is very exposed because of recent events, especially if he is on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, an area likely controlled by the Taliban.
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“Local groups will not want to be embarrassed by Zawahiri’s presence.
“It is possible intelligence on his whereabouts will be shared and that could easily result in his elimination.
“You cannot underestimate the American energy for revenge for the September 11 attacks, so there is plenty of commitment still to track down Zawahiri.
“This would be a welcome political score for Trump.”
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Zawahiri is believed to be hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan border but US talks with the Taliban could lead to the fugitive terrorist being handed over.
The former surgeon is known as "the teacher" and leads a group of over 40,000 jihadists.
He last surfaced in 2014 in a video where he called for an al-Qaeda resurgence in India.
It comes comes after a landmark peace agreement was signed between the US and the Taliban in February.
The historic deal saw the Taliban agreeing to cut ties with al-Qaeda and open peace talks with other Afghans.
In return, the US agreed to remove troops from Afghanistan.
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