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Kabul top Al-Qaida Leader Killed in Drone Strike

Ayman al-Zawahiri was one of the perpetrators in the 9-11 attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. He was killed by U.S. missiles in Afghanistan’s capital yesterday, President Joe Biden announced.

Zawahiri was killed in an over-the-horizon operation in downtown Kabul, where he was residing as a guest of the Taliban. The house was struck by two Hellfire missiles in a precision, counterterrorism operation at 6:18 a.m. Kabul time on Sunday. Zawahiri, the only victim, was killed. “We are confident from our intelligence sources — including multiple streams — that we killed Zawahiri, and no other individuals,” a senior official in the administration said. “His murder is a significant blow for al-Qaida. It will severely impact the group’s ability and ability to operate against the U.S. homeland.”
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Zawahiri led the al-Qaida terror group following the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Zawahiri was bin Laden’s deputy and helped plan terrorist attacks against the United States, Americans overseas. This included the attack in 2000 on the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 sailors. There were also attacks in 1998 on U.S. embassies Tanzanian and Kenya that killed 224 persons and wounded over 4,500. “He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats and American interests,” Biden said in a statement.

Biden said Zawahiri was responsible for al-Qaida’s global branches since bin Laden’s demise. He also set priorities and provided operational direction that encouraged attacks against U.S. target targets.

The president stated that justice had been done and that the terrorist leader was no longer in power. “People around this world no longer have to be afraid of the vicious and determined killer. The United States continues showing its resolve to defend American citizens from those who seek to harm us.

A defense official said that Zawahiri had been found by counterterrorism professionals who worked hard, patiently, and persistently. The official stated that the president’s quick and decisive action made it possible to respond quickly to the situation. “We were able to conduct the operation in a way that minimized civilian casualties, once we had a good idea of where Zawahiri was located.” “We are emphasizing tonight that, regardless of how long it takes or what hides, if your threat to our people is serious, the United States will find, arrest, and exterminate you.”

Biden had just ended the U.S. military operations in Afghanistan one year prior to Zawahiri’s death. At the White House, he stated that the United States had stopped requiring thousands of troops to fight terrorists in Afghanistan after 20 years of war. “And I made a promise that we would continue to conduct effective counterterrorism operations throughout Afghanistan and beyond. We’ve done just that.”

Antony Blinken of the United States stated in writing that the Taliban hosted the al-Qaida leader. “By hosting and sheltering al-Qaida’s leader in Kabul, the Taliban grossly violated Doha Agreement and repeated assurances that they would not allow terrorists to use Afghan territory to threaten the security and stability of other countries. They also betrayed Afghan people and their stated desire to be recognized by and normalized with the international community.

Blinken said that despite the Taliban’s unwillingness or inability to abide by their commitments, the United States will continue to support the Afghan people with robust humanitarian assistance and to advocate for the protection of their human rights, especially of women and girls. Source:

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