Al Qaeda Chief Taken Out by US Drone Strike

Over the weekend, the United States executed a successful counterterrorism operation in Afghanistan, eliminating Aiman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda who had replaced Osama Bin Laden after the latter’s death in 2011.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation placed a $25 million bounty on Zawahiri’s head because of his involvement in the planning of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which claimed nearly 3,000 innocent lives on American soil, as well as the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 and the bombings of American targets on August 7, 1988. He was one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Prior to President Joe Biden’s speech at 7:30 p.m. ET, sources corroborated new information in a White House announcement that the United States carried out a counterterrorism operation on a critical Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan over the weekend.

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The CIA drone hit that killed Zawahiri without causing any known civilian deaths occurred in Kabul in the early morning hours of Sunday local time, or in the late evening hours of Saturday on America’s East Coast.

Biden’s catastrophic retreat from Afghanistan had been seized upon by Al Qaeda, and it had just been made known that Zawahiri was still alive and well. According to reports from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s seizure of Afghanistan and the consolidation of power of significant Al-Qaida partners inside their de facto administration coincided with Al Qaeda’s apparent improved comfort and communication.

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