President Joe Biden announces the elimination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri

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The President Joe Biden announces the elimination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri

Ayman Al-Zawahiri (right) with Osama bin Laden

“On Saturday, on my order, the leader of Al-Qaeda was killed in Afghanistan, in Kabul,” US President Joe Biden confirmed in a statement broadcast from the White House on Monday.

During his remarks, Mr. Biden clarified that no member of the family of Ayman Al-Zawahiri was injured and that no civilians were injured. was injured or killed.

Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more, Mr. Biden added.

US officials previously claimed the CIA carried out a drone strike in Kabul over the weekend. US media, citing sources who requested anonymity, reported that Osama bin Laden's successor was killed in the operation.

“Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more,” United States President Joe Biden said of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

Earlier, the Taliban spokesman said that the United States carried out a drone strike on a residence in Kabul without giving details.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that his government strongly condemned the operation. He called it a violation of international principles and the 2020 agreement on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

Ayman Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor who was in the high hierarchy of the terrorist organization, participated in the coordination of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Inheriting in 2011 from a weakened organization, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 71, had to survive to multiply the franchises and allegiances of circumstances, from the Arabian Peninsula to the Maghreb, from Somalia to Afghanistan , Syria and Iraq.

The State Department was offering up to US$25 million in rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the al-Qaeda leader.

Along with other senior members of the terrorist organization, Al-Zawahiri allegedly organized the October 12, 2000 attack on the USS Cole ship in Yemen, which resulted in the deaths of 17 marines.

In addition, he was indicted in the United States for his role in the attacks of August 7, 1998 against the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, where 224 people were been killed.

Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri escaped US forces when they invaded Afghanistan in late 2001, following the attacks of 11 September.

Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 by US special forces in Pakistan.

With information from Reuters, and Agence France-Presse

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