Thursday, August 18, 2022

Al-Qaeda Leader Killed In US Drone Strike

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The US has killed the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a drone strike in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has confirmed.

He was killed in a counter-terrorism operation carried out by the CIA in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday.

Mr Biden said Zawahiri had “carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens”.

“Now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” he added.

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Officials said Zawahiri was on the balcony of a safe house when the drone fired two missiles at him.

Other family members were present, but they were unharmed and only Zawahiri was killed, they added.

Mr Biden said he had given the final approval for the “precision strike” on the 71-year-old al-Qaeda leader.

Zawahiri took over al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. He and Bin Laden plotted the 9/11 attacks together and he was one of the US’s “most wanted terrorists”.

The killing of the al-Qaeda leader would bring closure to families of the victims of the 2001 attacks, Mr Biden said.

Mr Biden said Zawahiri had also masterminded other acts of violence, including the suicide bombing of the USS Cole naval destroyer in Aden in October 2000 which killed 17 US sailors.

“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,” said Mr Biden, adding that “we shall never waver from defending our nation and its people”.

A Taliban spokesman described the US operation as a clear violation of international principles.

“Such actions are a repetition of the failed experiences of the past 20 years and are against the interests of the United States of America, Afghanistan and the region,” the spokesman added.

Zawahiri, an eye surgeon who helped found the Egyptian Islamic Jihad militant group, took over the leadership of al-Qaeda following the killing by US forces of Bin Laden in May 2011.

Before that, Zawahiri was often referred to as Bin Laden’s right-hand man and the chief ideologue of al-Qaeda.

He is believed by some experts to have been the “operational brains” behind the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States.

Source: BBC News

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9 COMMENTS

  1. so both obama and biden killed a supreme leader i wonder if they were waiting for trump to be removed in office to do it cause dont forget Biden was with obama in the white house when obama was president

  2. @EMPLOYER:- Is this struggle a religious one or is it a racial one? do you know that this organization have raised havoc in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria the United States, Sumalya and elswear; they have been killing whoever disagree with their murderous ideology; one of the sad one is the kidnapping of school girls to live and rape them in the jungle of Nigeria. More Leaders will take over and more blood will be shed. Black men historically have sold out their own for pittance, one of the reasons we are here on this side of the world. When you try to tie racism with religion – read on; do you know that the man who helped Jesus carry His cross to Calvary was a black man? not all are bad and not all are good: Be Blessed.

      • @#THE FOX..

        Where is the evidence that the man who helped Jesus carry the cross was a black man. Where is your reference so we the less enlightened can be educated. It would be interesting to read your sources. I am looking forward to your source so I can interrogate it for its legitimacy…I can say a lot on that fraud they call Jesus but I won’t say much. You assumption is the first I have heard and my ears haved pricked up in attention….I await your sources..

  3. wow precision strike eh? this means they knew where he was a long time ago. well as kartel say as one gone a next one born, so just look out for a new head.

  4. What about the mass shooting is that consider terrorist and isn’t it an American jehad killing our black black families in mass shooting and the police hate crime against us

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