US uses drones to kill al Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri

Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a video: The USA want to have killed him in Kabul.
Ayman Al-Zawahiri in a video: The USA want to have killed him in Kabul.

A US government official said the attack on al-Zawahiri had been prepared for months. He was finally killed when he stepped onto the balcony of his shelter in Kabul. There were no civilian casualties; according to US information, only Al-Sawahiri died in the attack. No US forces were in Kabul during the operation. She emphasized that according to US information, members of the Taliban leadership knew that the al-Qaeda boss was in Kabul. You would have clearly violated agreements with the United States.

US has offered a reward for information about al-Zawahiri

The US State Department has offered a reward of up to $25 million for information that directly led to al-Zawahiri’s arrest. A June 2021 United Nations report indicated that he was somewhere in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan and may have been too frail to be mentioned in propaganda. According to the New York Times, Al-Sawahiri comes from a respected Egyptian family. His grandfather, Rabia’a ​​Al-Zawahiri, was an imam at al-Azhar University in Cairo. His great-uncle Abdel Rahman Azzam was the first secretary of the Arab League.

Al-Zawahiri has been on the run since the September 11, 2001 attacks. He is also said to have narrowly escaped a US attack in Afghanistan’s rugged, mountainous region of Tora Bora, which killed his wife and children.

Reports of Al-Zawahiri’s poor health

Al-Sawahiri made his last public appearance last September – exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In a video message he called on his supporters to fight the states in the West and their allies in the Middle East. In previous years, there had been unconfirmed rumors of his death. His exact whereabouts were unknown.

There was also speculation about his state of health. Media reported in 2019, citing intelligence information, that Sawahiri was suffering from heart problems. His death came as a surprise. The United States had put a $25 million bounty on his head. Experts recently suspected that Al-Sawahiri was hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Almost a year ago, at the end of August 2021, the USA withdrew all troops from Afghanistan, ending international military operations in the country after almost 20 years. The Taliban had recently taken power in Kabul. The international withdrawal was made more difficult by their rapid campaign of conquest and turned out to be chaotic. Overall, the American withdrawal from Afghanistan met with a great deal of criticism and incomprehension internationally. Biden, who was under pressure because of the debacle, had pledged at the time not to give up the fight against terrorism in the region.

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