America announces al-Zawahiri’s death

President Joe Biden announced that al-Qa ‘idah leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by US strike in Afghanistan on Saturday. added that none of Zawahiri’s family had been wounded in the strike or civilian casualties, noting that intelligence services had located Zawahiri earlier this year, stressing that Afghanistan would never again become a safe haven for terrorists.

The White House said President Biden issued the decision to target al-Zawahiri on 25 December. The White House confirmed that some senior leaders of the network (Afghan Interior Minister Siraguddin) Haqqani were aware of Zawahiri’s whereabouts, citing the possibility that al-Qa ‘idah would publish video clips of al-Zawahiri calling for additional attacks.

A senior US official said Washington had not notified Taliban government officials before Saturday’s attack.The US official added that his country’s multiple intelligence sources were highly confident that al-Zawahiri was killed in the Kabul strike, and that no American personnel were on the ground during the strike.

He believed that Al-Zawahiri was killed alone while on the balcony of his home with his wife, daughter and grandson, noting that planning for the operation had begun 6 months earlier but had intensified in the past two months.

For his part, Afghan government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that US forces had targeted a house in the diplomatic district of Sherpur, central Kabul, by drone.

The Afghan Government condemned the US attack as an open violation of the country’s sovereignty.

The Movement condemned the attack as a violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement.Zabihullah Mujahid noted that these actions are a repetition of the past 20 years’ unsuccessful experiences and will jeopardize opportunities.

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