Pres. Biden: U.S. kills top Al Qaeda leader in drone strike

Ayman al-Zawahiri. Photo: FBI

Aug. 1 (UPI) — The United States has killed the top Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan in a drone strike over the weekend, a senior administration official said according to a White House report later confirmed by Pres. Joe Biden.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over Al Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden, was killed in the strike.

Al-Zawahiri is believed to be one of the central planners behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He was a physician and founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad before taking over the top ranks of the Al Qaeda network.

“Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan,” a senior Biden administration official said on condition of anonymity. “The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties.”

Biden made comments at about 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. See the video below.


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