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Zawahiri is an Arabic family name

Zawahiri is usually spelled Zawahri (from the pronunciation in his native Egyptian Arabic). It is sometimes spelled "Dhawahri" if transliterated directly from Modern Standard Arabic, also called Literary Arabic. In the Intelligence Community Standard for the Transliteration of Arabic Names, it is spelled Zawahri.[1]

Some notable persons with the surname are:

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri (born 1951), Egyptian al-Qaeda leader
  • Hussein al-Zawahiri, Egyptian terror suspect captured and handed over to Egypt, younger brother of Ayman al-Zawahiri
  • Muhammad al-Zawahiri (born 1953), terror suspect living in Egypt, Ayman al-Zawahiri's younger brother
  • John Zawahri, the perpetrator of the 2013 Santa Monica shooting


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