An American drone strike killed Ayman al-Zawahri, who took over as the leader of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden’s death, at an urban safe house in Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden announced on Monday night.
Quoting the US President, a report by NYT said the Al-Qaeda leader was killed in an early-morning strike in Kabul.
“Now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said in a seven-minute nationally televised address from the White House.
“We make it clear again tonight,” he added, “that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out.”
American intelligence agencies tracked down al-Zawahri in Kabul earlier this year and then spent months determining that it really was him hiding out in a house in a crowded section of the Afghan capital.
After receiving authorization from Biden a week ago, the CIA fired two Hellfire missiles and killed al-Zawahri on a balcony of the house without killing anyone else, including members of his family or any nearby civilians, NYT quoted American officials as saying.
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