One of the last times al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was on center stage was roughly 40 years ago, when the international media captured his rants from a cage at the back of an Egyptian courtroom.
The cameras caught him shouting about the torture he and other prisoners suffered at the hands of Egyptian jailers. He started the group chanting: “We are Muslims. We are Muslims.”
Zawahiri’s prison time in Egypt not only set him against the regime there, but also marked the beginning of his lifelong hatred of the U.S.