Aug 2, 2022 1:33 p.m
The US secret service CIA has killed the head of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, Aiman al-Zawahiri, with a targeted drone attack. This was announced by US President Joe Biden in a televised speech on Monday evening.
The US has apparently killed the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network, Aiman al-Zawahiri, as part of a CIA operation. Al-Sawahiri was killed in a targeted drone attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, US President Joe Biden announced in a television speech on Monday evening.
He hopes his killing will help the families of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks “a little bit more” to come to terms with their experiences, the US President said. An American task force from the US foreign intelligence service, the CIA, had previously tracked down al-Sawahiri in a house in central Kabul, Biden explained. The US President approved the operation last week. It was finally carried out on Sunday.
The al-Qaeda boss was killed by a CIA drone, the US news agency reported Reuters citing intelligence sources. An American task force was also on site. According to the informants, it should have been entrusted with the task of supporting the strike. The task force has since withdrawn, a senior intelligence officer said Reuters. There were no civilian casualties.
According to Biden, al-Zawahiri was bin Laden’s deputy at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks. After his death, he then rose to the top of the terrorist organization, according to Biden. Al-Sawahiri was the mastermind behind attacks on Americans for decades and played a prominent key role in various terrorist attacks, the US President explained:
“Justice has now been served. And that terrorist leader is gone.”
The Egyptian al-Zawahiri was seen as the successor to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011.
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