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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US drone strike in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Last Sunday, the US intelligence agency CIA carried out the attack through drones. News BBC and AFP.
The US media, quoting the White House of the President’s office, said on Monday that the operation in Afghanistan was successful.
President Joe Biden will give details about that operation within a few hours.
Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid in Pakistan in 2011.
Ayman al-Zawahiri was announced as the new leader of al-Qaeda on 16 June 2011 after the death of Osama bin Laden.
According to the news published in the US media, he was killed in a drone attack conducted by the US intelligence agency CIA last Sunday in Kabul,
- the capital of Afghanistan.
- However, this news could not be confirmed impartially so far.
- However, the White House says that President Joe Biden will announce the details of this drone operation in the next few hours.
- American television channel CBS News reported that three sources confirmed the news of the killing of the al-Qaeda leader.
- The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN confirmed the identity of the deceased, citing unidentified sources.
- Earlier, a senior US official confirmed that a ‘successful’ operation had been carried out against a ‘significant’ al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan.
The official said the operation was carried out over the weekend and no civilians were harmed
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s ruling group, the Taliban,
said that an American drone attack took place in a residential area of the capital,
Kabul, last Sunday.
He called the attack a clear violation of international principles.
Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri simultaneously declared war on America and are widely
credited with orchestrating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Al-Zawahiri founded a militant organization called Islamic Jihad in Egypt. Al-Zawahiri assumed leadership
of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces in May 2011.
Before that, al-Zawahiri was considered Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man and al-Qaeda’s main thinker.
Many believe that Ayman al-Zawahiri was the mastermind behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.