State Department says Zawahri heading al Qaeda "barely matters"

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 1:08 PM
State Department says Zawahri heading al Qaeda "barely matters"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department on Thursday said it "barely matters" who the new leader of al Qaeda is after reports that Ayman al-Zawahri replaced Osama bin Laden.

"Frankly, it barely matters," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily briefing, without commenting on the credibility of the reports.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Anthony Boadle)