US President Joe Biden said “justice has been brought about” when he confirmed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawari was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan.
r Biden on Monday expressed hope that the killing of al-Zawari will bring “another measure of closure” to the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
The President said in a White House address: “He will never, ever again allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist haven because he’s gone and we’re going to make sure nothing happens.”
“That terrorist leader is no more.”
He said US intelligence officials tracked al-Zawari to a house in downtown Kabul where he was hiding with his family. The President approved the operation last week and it was performed on Sunday.
Previously, White House officials declined to confirm al-Zawari’s death, but noted in a statement that the United States had conducted a “successful” counterterrorism operation against a key al-Qaeda target, and adding that “there were no civilian casualties”.
Mr Biden’s address came as he remains isolated at the residence while continuing to test positive for Covid-19.
On August 31, 2021, after the last US troops left Afghanistan, Mr. Biden said the US would not relax in its fight against terrorism in that country or anywhere else.
“We will continue the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries,” he said.
“We just don’t have to fight a ground war for this.”
Looking ahead to the strike that would take place 11 months later, Mr Biden said at the time: “We have so-called over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can attack terrorists and targets without American boots on the ground – or very few , if needed .”
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/joe-biden-confirms-death-of-al-qaida-leader-al-zawahri-in-us-drone-strike-41883591.html Joe Biden confirms death of al Qaida leader al-Zawahri in US drone strike