‘Justice has been done and this terrorist leader no longer exists’, Biden after killing al-Qaeda leader

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Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri was killed in a US strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, President Joe Bidenrepresenting the biggest blow to the group since its founder Osama bin Laden was assassinated in 2011.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon with a $25 million bounty on his head, helped coordinate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

“Now justice has been done and this terrorist leader no longer exists”said Biden speaking from the White House. “We never back down.”

US intelligence determined with “high confidence” that the dead man was Zawahiri, a senior administration official told reporters. There were no other victims.

Zawahiri continued to pose an active threat to the people, interests, and national security of the United States.“, the official said in a conference call. “Her death of him deals a significant blow to al Qaeda and will degrade the group’s ability to operate.”

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that an attack had taken place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of “international principles.”

Zawahiri succeeded bin Laden as al Qaeda’s leader after years as its chief organizer and strategist, but his lack of charisma and competition from rival Islamic State militants hampered his ability to inspire major attacks against the West. Until the US announcement, Zawahiri was rumored to be in the tribal area of ​​Pakistan or inside Afghanistan.

A video released in April praising an Indian Muslim woman for defying a ban on wearing an Islamic headscarf dispelled rumors that she had died.

In the last weeks, Biden he summoned officials to analyze the intelligence. He had updates throughout May and June and was briefed on July 1 about an operation proposed by intelligence leaders. On July 25, he received an updated report and authorized the attack once the opportunity presented itself.

A loud explosion resounded in Kabul early Sunday morning.

“A house was hit by a rocket in Sherpoor. There were no casualties because the house was empty,” Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said earlier. A Taliban source, who requested anonymity, said there were reports of at least one drone flying over Kabul that morning.

Zawahiri, along with other senior al Qaeda members, is believed to have masterminded the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole warship in Yemen, which killed 17 American sailors and wounded more than 30, the website said. Rewards for Justice.

He was indicted in the United States for his role in the August 7, 1998, bomb attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and injured more than 5,000.

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