Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, who has been in hiding for years, has been located and killed by the CIA due to “careful patient and persistent” work, a senior Biden administration official told reporters.
US President Joe Biden, in a televised remark from the White House, said
“Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more”
Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in downtown Kabul on Monday evening. Zawahiri had evaded the US for the past 21 years as the US tried to hunt him down. His predecessor Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011 in Abbottabad, a decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks they planned and executed.
Without having any foot on the ground, it seems the US is still operating pretty well in Afghanistan. The CIA has been active in its intelligence efforts in Afghanistan even after the US pulled out of the country.
A senior administration official from the US said, “Zawahiri continued to pose an active threat to US persons, interests, and national security; his death deals a significant blow to al Qaeda and will degrade the group’s ability to operate.”
The drone strikes come first after almost a year of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden convened officials to amp up intelligence in the last few weeks. He was updated throughout May & June and briefed on the proposed operation by intelligence leaders on July 1. After receiving an updated report on the confirmation of Zawahiri, he authorized the strike.
Zawahiri is believed to have plotted the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole naval vessel in Yemen, which killed 17 US sailors and injured a dozen others.
He was also held responsible for his role in the August 7, 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people and wounded more than 5,000.
Now that the damage has been done and the ghost of terrorism in the past, the US claims the killing of the Al Qaeda leader an accomplishment, but the question is, is the world a safer place? Or should they fear retaliation from a monster that was in slumber?
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