Al Qaeda Leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri Killed in Drone Strike in Afghanistan

02/08/2022

President Joe Biden announced on Monday that a US drone strike killed the leader of Al-Qaeda Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan on Saturday, July 30.

"Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more," the president said in a special address at the White House Monday evening.

In a series of tweets, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said "An air strike was carried out on a residential house in Sherpur area of Kabul city on July 31." He strongly condemned it and described the incident as a violation of "international principles."

Ayman Muhammad Rabei Mustafa Abdul Karim Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian physician and the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), helped coordinate the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Al-Zawahiri took over the leadership of Al-Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011 by US forces during a daring night raid deep into Pakistan, where he was hiding.

Al-Zawahiri has been indicted for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998 bombings of the US Embassies in Tanzania, and Kenya.