The United States kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, in a drone attack in Afghanistan

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  • Biden confirms that the US anti-terrorist operation ended up killing Ayman al-Zawahiri

The United States kills Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, in a drone strike in Afghanistan

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, confirmed this Monday that by his order the US government killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri was targeted in an anti-terrorist operation carried out by a drone in Kabul (Afghanistan) over the weekend.

In a televised appearance from the White House Blue Room balcony late Monday, Biden said that with al-Zawahiri's death “justice has been served” and that the world no longer has to fear this “ruthless and constant killer”. The president addressed “all those around the world who want to harm the United States” and assured them that their country will always remain alert and ready to act when it comes to defending the security of American citizens.

Al Zawahiri was assassinated on Sunday morning in a residence in Kabul, specifically at 6:18 local time (1:48 GMT ), when he was on the balcony of the residence where he was staying and a drone fired two Hellfire missiles at him. in the White House, Only the leader of Al Qaeda died. He was involved in the operation, and there was no collateral damage, not even the members of his family who were staying with him, something that Biden himself had insisted on several times. occasions and that he had set as one of the conditions to proceed with the attack.

Biden's authorization came a few days before the attack, on Monday, July 25, after several weeks of meetings with his military and intelligence leadership. US intelligence had been confirming for months through multiple sources and different methods that it was indeed Ayman al-Zawahiri who lived in that house, from which he never left and was only exposed when he was found. on the balcony. As indicated by In a call with journalists, a high-ranking official of the US Government, the US came to have “a high degree of confidence” that al-Zawahiri lived in that house in Kabul.

The leader of Al Qaeda moved He traveled to the Afghan capital with his family earlier this year from Pakistan and, according to the White House, the septuagenarian still posed a threat to US citizens, interests and national security.

A doctor of few words turned into a most wanted terrorist

The Egyptian Ayman al Zawahiri was a doctor who was described as shy by his fellow students who became a doctor. to become one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, the leader of the Al Qaeda network. Al Zawahiri died. At 71 years old, more than a decade after he succeeded Osama bin Laden, assassinated by the US in an anti-terrorist operation in Pakistan in 2011, at most. the organization's top leader.

One of the last times that Al Zawahiri appeared In a video before his death, it was in a recording released by Al Qaeda on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States. In that video, entitled 'Jerusalem will never be a city'. Judaized', Al Zawahiri was seen dressed in a robe and a long white beard speaking for more than an hour on a wide variety of topics, especially the Palestinian cause. With this video the terrorist group appeased the attack. the rumors about the poor health of their leader and even his death .

After the death of the saud & dí; Bin Laden, founder of Al Qaeda, Al Zawahiri took The command of the organization, which was reduced to a network with many branches but without a central leadership, weakened by the successive losses of its commanders and the alleged poor health of the Egyptian.

Al Zawahiri was born in 1951 in a middle-class family in the Cairo neighborhood of Giza and, from his adolescence, his name was associated with Islamic militants: At the age of 15 he was arrested accused of belonging to the then outlawed Muslim Brotherhood , and later joined He joined the terrorist group Jihad (Holy War), born in Egypt in the late 1960s. The first terrorist act he is accused of was having participated in 1981 in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat(1970-1981) during a military parade in Cairo, for what happened three years in jail.

After being released, he began a journey that took him He went to Saudi Arabia, the center of dissemination of the most rigorous, purist and intransigent Islam, and to Pakistan, where in Pesháwar he lent his support. he aids fighters fighting in Afghanistan and joined Afghanistan. to the founder of Al Qaeda. His first meeting with bin Laden, who for years was his closest collaborator, was in 1985 in Pesháwar, where they agreed to organize the transfer of 20,000 Arab volunteer fighters against the Soviet occupation to Bin Laden. tica from Afghanistan. From that time dates the foundation of Al Qaeda, created to combat the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul, and the origin of the “World Islamic Front” to combat the “Crusaders” and the “Jews”. “, whose founding letter was signed in 1998 jointly by Bin Laden and Zawahiri

At the beginning of the nineties, he followed Bin Laden was sent to Sudan when he was established. in Khartoum after being expelled from Saudi Arabia. In the middle of said decade, Al Zawahiri traveled, quite possibly, to the United States and the United Kingdom, always using false passports and in search of donations for his group. In 1995 he reappeared. He joined bin Laden in a video, in which both threatened retaliation against the United States for the arrest of Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman in connection with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York.

Two years later, the State Department awarded him The leadership of the 'Vanguards of the Conquest', a splinter group of the 'Jihad', initially linked to the murder of 59 tourists in Luxor (Egypt), in 1997. After the death that same year in an attack Abdullah Azzam, Bin Laden's religious mentor, Al Zawahiri became he became the group's ideologue and moved to to “Al Qaeda” training camps in Afghanistan. A year later, he was one of the signatories of bin Laden's fatwa (religious edict), ordering attacks on US interests around the world.

In 1999 he was indicted by the US, along with Bin Laden and fourteen alleged members of his network, for the 1998 attacks against the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, which caused some 240 deaths. That same year Al Zawahiri and his brother Mohamed were sentenced to death in absentia in Egypt in a macro trial against jihadists called the case of “those from (returned) from Albania”, since several accused of planning attacks in Egypt were handed over by that country. One defendant testified that the group received instructions from Emir Al Zawahiri, who was in Afghanistan with Bin Laden.

After the 9/11 attacks, Interpol He was searched for and captured, accused of terrorist actions in Egypt and of being “one of the heads of Al Qaeda”, and the FBI put him on its most wanted list with a reward of 25 million dollars. Lares for information leading to his arrest. Since then, he has lived in hiding presumably somewhere between Afghanistan and Pakistan and has appeared in videos and recordings broadcast by Islamist pages commenting on current events and recalling his permanent commitment to the fight against those they consider enemies of the Islamic State. Islam.

During his years of leadership, Al Zawahiri has seen how Al Qaeda has moved further and further away from its objectives and a great rival has emerged, the Islamic State group (IS), born from a split of his organization.

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