The USA has killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, in response to US media shops, in what the White Home introduced Monday was a “profitable” operation in opposition to a goal in Afghanistan.
Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who grew to become one of many world’s most wished terrorists, was recognized as a mastermind of the September 11, 2001 assaults on the US that killed almost 3,000 folks.
He had been on the run ever since, and took over Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011. The USA had positioned a $25 million bounty on his head.
The New York Occasions, Washington Submit and CNN had been amongst shops reporting the goal’s id, citing unidentified sources. President Joe Biden was as a result of ship a televised tackle on the operation later Monday.
It could be the primary recognized over-the-horizon strike by the US on an Al-Qaeda goal in Afghanistan since American forces withdrew from the nation on August 31, 2021.
US officers didn’t make clear the place in Afghanistan the strike occurred.
On Saturday morning the Afghan inside ministry denied experiences circulating on social media of a drone strike in Kabul, telling AFP a rocket struck “an empty home” within the capital, inflicting no casualties.
Early Tuesday in Kabul, nonetheless, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that an” aerial assault” was carried out on a residence within the Sherpur space of the town.
“The character of the incident was not revealed at first. The safety and intelligence companies of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and located of their preliminary investigations that the assault was carried out by American drones,” his tweet mentioned.
In current months the Taliban have largely barred media from protecting the aftermath of safety incidents and regularly deny or downplay any casualties.
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