The U.S. has killed top al-Qaida leader and key 9/11 plotter Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Al-Qaida’s top leader and key leader of the 9/11 conspiracy Ayman Al-Zawahiri was killed in the drone strike carried out by the U.S. on July 30 According to the president Joe Biden.
“For decades he was the mastermind behind attacks against Americans,” Biden declared on August. 1 while mentioning his involvement in the 2000 USS Cole attack and the 1998 bombings at both U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Biden revealed the role of al-Zawahiri’s leader al-Qaida’s activities since Osama bin Laden’s death with the help of U.S. forces in 2011 He also called on his followers to take on and destroy the U.S. and allies in videos.
“We make it clear again tonight that, 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,” Biden stated.
Biden declared that no one was injured in the attack, not including al-Zawahiri’s family, who was in a safehouse. the strike did not result in civilian injuries.
A senior administration official who briefed reporters before Biden’s remarks stated that al-Zawahiri was undoubtedly a threat for U.S. national security and his death was an “hugely significant blow” to al-Qaida.
“And to those around the world who continue to seek to harm the United States, hear me now: We will always remain vigilant and we will act and we will always do what is necessary to ensure the safety and security of Americans at home and around the globe,” Biden stated.
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Biden was briefed about the operation in question and then he called an event on the 25th of July with cabinet members who were key to the operation as well as top officials for an end-of-day briefing regarding the analysis of the intelligence report, an official stated. There was a unanimous consensus for the strike and Biden was able to authorize the use of a “tailored” airstrike to minimize civilian deaths.
Osama bin Laden (left) is seated alongside Ayman al-Zawahiri during an conversation together with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir in an undisclosed place in Afghanistan.
Zawahiri Zawahiri, an Egyptian eye doctor, been bin Laden’s deputy prior to becoming the al-Qaida leader in 2011. However, al-Qaida’s members complained that he was ineffective. They fought joined forces in the war with the Soviets during the war in Afghanistan.
Zawahiri was a key figure in the formation of Islamic Jihad, the group which assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, in 1981. Al-Qaida could not get back its position as the most powerful terrorist group following the death of bin Laden, and was confronted by modern, more violent, adversaries, like The Islamic State.