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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strike in Kabul. Information about this was confirmed to Reuters on Monday, August 1, by American officials.

US President Joe Biden will deliver an address in connection with a “successful counter-terrorism operation,” the White House said.

According to Reuters, this is the most powerful blow to the terrorist group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

According to the agency, the drone strike took place on July 31. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the strike and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of “international principles.”

Al-Zawahiri led al-Qaeda after bin Laden in 2011.

In 2021, he recorded a separate video dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States. Four groups of terrorists then hijacked four scheduled passenger aircraft, two of them were sent to the towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan in New York, as a result, both skyscrapers collapsed. The third liner was sent to the Pentagon building near Washington. The crew and passengers of the fourth plane tried to take control of the terrorists, the plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In addition to the 19 suicide bombers, 2,977 people were killed in the attacks and 24 more were reported missing.

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