The leader of Al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in Afghanistan in a drone strike, American President Joe Biden announced, Monday evening, live on television, AFP informs, quoted by Agerpres.
“On Saturday, on my order, the United States conducted an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, which killed al-Qaida emir Ayman al-Zawahiri. Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more,” said Joe Biden.
The US leader added that no member of the Zawahiri family was injured and there were no civilian casualties.
Joe Biden also mentioned that the United States will not allow Afghanistan to become a haven for terrorists again.
“When we ended our military mission in Afghanistan almost a year ago, we made the decision that after 20 years of war, the US no longer needed thousands of troops on Afghan soil to protect Americans from terrorists who are trying to harm us. And we promised the American people that we would continue to conduct effective counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and beyond. That’s exactly what we did,” Biden said.
After a “careful review of clear and compelling evidence” about Zawahiri’s whereabouts, the US leader said he had authorized a “precision strike” that killed the terrorist leader.
The drone attack was carried out using two Hellfire missiles and without any American military presence on the ground, a US official said, proof, in his opinion, of the United States’ ability to “identify and locate even the most wanted terrorists in the world and to take measures to eliminate them”.
Ayman al-Zawahiri was spotted “several times and for a long period of time on the balcony where he was finally hit” by the strike in the Afghan capital, he added.
Zawahiri was one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, and the United States had promised $25 million for any information leading to his finding. He took over the leadership of the jihadist nebula in 2011, after the death of Osama bin Laden, killed by an American commando in Pakistan.
Untraceable for more than ten years, he was considered one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.
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