Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda chief, one of the most wanted terrorists, and the brain behind the 9/11 attacks, have been killed in a US drone strike called in the Afghan capital Kabul.
Al-Qaeda Chief Killed By U.S
While addressing the nation, US President Joe Biden said, “he hoped Zawahiri’s death would bring “closure” to families of the 3,000 people killed in the United States on 9/11.”
He asserted that the operation, planned and executed over the weekend, succeeded without any civilian casualty. “Justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more”, he said.
“The United States continues to demonstrate our resolve and our capacity to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm. Tonight we made it clear: No matter how long it takes. No matter where you try to hide. We will find you,” he further added.
On their official website, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has added the caption ‘deceased’ under the profile image of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.
When bombed, photographs show that a floor has been blown out and the windows got shattered in an instance, but the remaining building was intact. Zawahiri’s family members were present in the house but “were purposely not targeted and were not harmed,” said the officials.
The Al-Qaeda chief was present in the Afghan capital Kabul, and as per US officials, this is a “clear violation” of an agreement that the Taliban had agreed to and signed with the US in Doha in 2020 that made the way clear for US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
As per the officials, Zawahri was on the balcony of the house when he was targeted by two hellfire missiles during the operation on July 31, of which the go-ahead was given by President Joe Biden on July 25.
Doha deal was signed in 2020, according to which the Taliban agreed that Afghanistan will never support or get involved with terrorism, but as per the experts, the Taliban never cut their ties with Al-Qaeda from the start.
As confirmed by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement that asserted, a strike was executed in Kabul. He called the operation a violation of “international principles” and purely condemned it.
Zawahiri was on the run for the last 20 years after the 9/11 attacks. In an operation conducted by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011, Osama Bin Laden was killed, after that he took command in his hand.