U.S. killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri: US President Joe Biden, in a special address to citizens, confirmed the information about the elimination of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
“On Saturday, at my direction, the United States carried out a successful airstrike in Kabul, as a result of which al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed,” Biden said.
He argues for the US decision by the fact that al-Zawahiri was a person from the closest circle of Osama bin Laden and his main deputy, was deeply involved in the planning of the terrorist attacks on September 11 and subsequent operations against the US – the explosion on the destroyer USS Cole, attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which more than 200 people died and thousands were injured.
After bin Laden’s death, al-Zawahiri became a key figure in the organization and has been preparing operations and calling for attacks against US-linked targets all the time, including in recent weeks.
“Retribution has been made, this terrorist leader is no more. People around the world no longer need to fear this determined killer. The United States continues to demonstrate our resolve and ability to protect Americans from those who seek to harm us. We demonstrated today that no matter how much time passes , where do not hide – if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you,” Biden concluded.
Biden also revealed some details of the operation, in particular, that the US special services, after years of failures, were able to discover the whereabouts of Zawahiri earlier in 2022 – he moved to the center of Kabul to live near his family. The US president, having received convincing evidence of his presence there, ordered a targeted strike. It was planned for a long time to ensure success and reduce the risk to other people around. About a week ago, the special services informed Biden that there were “optimal conditions” and he then issued the final order.
According to the US, none of the members of the Zahavi family were injured and there are no other casualties.
Reaction to Killing of Al Qaeda Leader Zawahiri
U.S. PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, IN REMARKS FROM WHITE HOUSE
“Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more. No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out.”
FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, ON TWITTER
“Tonight’s news is also proof that it’s possible to root out terrorism without being at war in Afghanistan. And I hope it provides a small measure of peace to the 9/11 families and everyone else who has suffered at the hands of al-Qaeda.”
SAUDI ARABIA FOREIGN MINISTRY, CITED BY STATE NEWS AGENCY
“Zawahiri is considered one of the leaders of terrorism that led the planning and execution of heinous terrorist operations in the United States and Saudi Arabia.”
U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE ANTONY BLINKEN, IN STATEMENT
“In the face of the Taliban’s unwillingness or inability to abide by their commitments, we will continue to support the Afghan people with robust humanitarian assistance and to advocate for the protection of their human rights, especially of women and girls.”
CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, ON TWITTER
“The death of Ayman al-Zawahiri is a step toward a safer world. Canada will keep working with our global partners to counter terrorist threats, promote peace and security, and keep people here at home and around the world safe.”