Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawari has reportedly been killed in a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan.
Current and former officials began hearing Sunday afternoon that al-Zawari had been killed in a drone strike, but the government delayed releasing the information until his death could be confirmed, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.
White House officials declined to confirm al-Zawari’s death, but did note in a statement that the United States had conducted a “successful” counterterrorism operation against a key al-Qaeda target, adding added that “there were no civilian casualties”.
President Joe Biden is expected to discuss more details of the operation in an address to the nation.
Mr. Biden planned to speak from the White House Blue Room balcony 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/us-operation-in-afghanistan-killed-al-qaida-leader-al-zawahri-reports-claim-41883372.html US operation in Afghanistan killed al Qaida leader al-Zawahri, reports claim