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Reports: Al-Qaeda leader killed in Kabul drone strike

Randy Mancini 6 Aug 1
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a still image from a web posting by the terrorist organization's media arm, as-Sahab, on July 27, 2011. (AP

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a still image from a web posting by the terrorist organization’s media arm, as-Sahab, on July 27, 2011. (AP Photo)

The Biden administration claimed they have killed the latest leader of Al-Qaeda in Kabul. According to reports Monday, citing unnamed intelligence sources, the CIA conducted a “successful drone strike” that killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all,” stated Biden.

On Saturday, at my direction, the United States successfully conducted an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed the emir of al-Qa’ida: Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Justice has been delivered.

— President Biden (@POTUS) August 1, 2022

The operation marked the first publicly announced CIA strike in Afghanistan since Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal of US forces last year. Al-Zawahiri took over as General of Al-Qaeda in 2011 shortly after Osama Bin Laden was killed in his Pakistani hideout. President Joe Biden said the Al-Qaeda leader “was deeply involved in the planning of 9/11” and “was the mastermind behind the attacks against Americans, including the bombing of USS Cole in 2000.”

I’m addressing the nation on a successful counterterrorism operation. https://t.co/SgTVaszA3s

— President Biden (@POTUS) August 1, 2022

Biden confirmed no civilian casualties during the drone strike that took out Zawahiri. His death comes as a heavy blow to international terrorism and it may reduce competition between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in the Afghan powerplay.

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