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Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri killed in U.S. drone strike

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Kabul: Joe Biden President of the United States has announced that US killed Ayman al-Zawahiri , the leader of al-Qaeda, who was involved in the September 11 attacks, in an airstrike in Afghanistan last Saturday.

Ayman al-Zawahiri took over the leadership of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization in 2011 after the death of Osama bin Laden.

Confirming the attack of an American drone on a residential house in Kabul, the spokesman of the Taliban condemned this action and called it a violation of the Doha agreement.

“Zabihullah Mujahid” added: This behavior shows the repetition of the failed experiences of the past 20 years of America and is against the interests of Afghanistan and the region.

Zawahiri, who just turned 71 years old, had remained a visible international symbol of the group, 11 years after the US killed Osama bin Laden. At one point, he acted as bin Laden’s personal physician.

Zawahiri was sheltering in downtown Kabul to reunite with his family, Biden said, and was killed in what a senior administration official described as “a precise tailored airstrike” using two Hellfire missiles. The drone strike was conducted at 9:48 p.m. ET on Saturday was authorized by Biden following weeks of meetings with his Cabinet and key advisers, the official said on Monday, adding that no American personnel were on the ground in Kabul at the time of the strike.

Taliban spokesman said, “The nature of the incident was not apparent at first” but the security and intelligence services of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and “initial findings determined that the strike was carried out by an American drone.”

The tweets by Mujahid came out prior the report of Zawahiri’s death. Mujahid said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan “strongly condemns this attack on any pretext and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement.”

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