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Leader “Al-Qaeda” Ayman al-Zawahiri is killed in a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strike in Kabul. This information was confirmed by US President Joe Biden on Monday, August 1, at the White House. “Now justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said, adding, “We never back down.”

Joe Biden reveals al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan at White House

Joe Biden reveals al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan at White House

The American president specified that none of the members of the al-Zawahiri family was injured during the strike, and there were no casualties among the civilian population in Afghanistan either. Biden expressed hope that the elimination of the head of al-Qaeda would bring peace to the relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The head of the White House described the counter-terrorist operation as successful.

White House: No civilian casualties

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 attack took place on July 31.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had earlier condemned the strike, calling it a violation of “international principles.”

Headed al-Qaeda in 2011

Al-Zawahiri led al-Qaeda after bin Laden in 2011. In 2021, he recorded a separate video dedicated to the 20th anniversary September 11 attacks in the USA. 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.

US troops left Afghanistan 11 months ago

American troops left Afghanistan 11 months ago. After the withdrawal of US troops and their allies, members of the radical Islamist movement “Taliban” on August 15, 2021 entered to Kabul, and on September 3 they announced that they had established control over the entire country. After the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, a wave of violence and terrorist attacks intensified sharply, including those committed by the Islamic State, which has been operating in the country since 2015 and is hostile to the Taliban.

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