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US Kills Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Drone Strike

August 2, 2022
Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Photo credit: BBC.

A United States drone strike has killed the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, in Afghanistan, confirmed US President Joe Biden on Monday, 1 August in a speech from the White House. Al-Zawahiri was killed in a precision strike “that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all,” Biden said. White House officials said that Al-Zawahiri was sheltering in downtown Kabul to reunite with his family, and was killed in “a precise tailored airstrike” using two Hellfire missiles. The drone strike was conducted at on Saturday July 31, authorized by  Biden. Other family members were present, but only Zawahiri was targeted and killed in the attack, officials added. Al-Zawahiri, alongside Osama Bin Laden, plotted the 11 September attacks together. Since the strike carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that killed bin Laden 11 years ago, he has been the leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda. “Now, justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more. People around the world no longer need to fear the vicious and determined killer,” Biden said. The killing of the 71-year-old Egyptian comes almost a year after the withdrawal of…

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