Al-Qaeda Leader Wanted For 9/11 Attacks Killed In Drone Strike
Updated: Aug 2
The leader of the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda and one of the brains behind the 9/11 attacks, has been killed in a drone carried out on his safehouse in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The news was announced by President Joe Biden on Monday evening, as al-Zawahiri had been assassinated after two CIA hellfire missiles were fired at the balcony of the safehouse, killing him. No one else was harmed, including members of his family, and nearby civilians, US officials have said.
al-Zawahiri, who has been wanted by the US for 21 years following the 9/11 attacks, had been tracked down by US intelligence earlier this year. They then proceeded to confirm his identity, as he hid out in a crowded section of the Afghan capital.
This was the first US-led strike to take place in Afghanistan ever since the withdrawal of American forces in August 2021.
In his televised announcement of al-Zawahiri’s killing which was broadcasted from the White House, Biden went on to say ‘ that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out.’