US kills al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri: What we know so far

by | Aug 2, 2022 | World

EXPLAINERAyman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone attack that targeted a house in central Kabul, Afghanistan, according to the US.The United States has confirmed the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone attack in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
Al-Zawahiri, who had a $25m US reward on his head, is regarded as one of the masterminds behind the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States. He had taken over the armed group after the US killing of the then al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Here is what we know so far about the attack:
What is the US saying?

Biden greenlit the high-precision attack by the CIA, which took place on July 31, while he was recovering in isolation from COVID-19 a few days earlier.
US intelligence officials had tracked down al-Zawahiri to a home in central Kabul where he was staying with his family.
Biden said he hoped al-Zawahiri’s death would bring “closure” to families of the 3,000 people killed in the US on 9/11, saying “justice has been delivered”.
No civilians were killed, Biden said, and warned that Washington would not allow Afghanistan to become a “terrorist safe haven” again.
A senior US administration official said al-Zawahiri was on the balcony of a house in Kabul when he was targeted with two Hellfire missiles, an hour after sunrise.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the Taliban of “grossly” violating the Doha Agreement by hosting and sheltering al-Zawahiri. Signed by the Taliban and the US in the …

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