Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Drone Strike

The United States killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Central Intelligence Agency conducted a drone strike at 9:48 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30 under the direction of U.S. President Joe Biden following weeks of meetings with his Cabinet and key advisers, according to multiple sources briefed on the operation.

U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed the attack in remarks on Aug. 1.

“I authorized a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield, once and for all,” Biden said outdoors from the Blue Room Balcony at the White House.

“Justice has been delivered,” Biden said.

Biden said that the attack was “carefully planned” and that there were no civilian casualties.

In an earlier statement to reporters, a senior administration official said that “over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful.”

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Al-Zawahiri was a physician and the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) that seeks to overthrow the secular Egyptian government “through violent means.”

EIJ merged with Al-Qaeda in approximately 1998, the FBI said.

On Twitter, Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said, “An air strike was carried out on a residential house in Sherpur area of Kabul city.”

The security and intelligence services of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and “found that the attack was carried out by American drones,” Mujahid added.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns this attack on any pretext and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement,” Mujahid further said.

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