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    Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were informed by the Biden administration of the strike on Ayman Al Zawahiri before the public — but was former President Donald Trump? At Tuesday’s White House briefing, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby joined White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to help field national security questions, many of which pertained to the airstrike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri over the prior weekend. But one question — from Washington Post White House correspondent Tyler Pager — went unanswered: MR. PAGER: John, just a quick question. Did the President alert former President Obama or Bush or Trump be- — after the strike, before he informed the public? President Obama did so when the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. I’m wondering if there’s any communication between the current President and his predecessors in the last (inaudible)? MR. KIRBY: You know, Tyler, I don’t have — I — I’d have to go back and check. I don’t know if there was outreach to former Commanders-in-Chief after the fact. There was no notifications to anybody before the act...
    Washington (CNN)Shortly before the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Defense Department created a task force responsible for handling counterterrorism strikes inside the country after American troops had left -- a so-called "over the horizon" strategy that officials promised would keep Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for terror groups like al Qaeda and ISIS to flourish.More than a year after the creation of that task force, sources say it hasn't sent a single proposed target to the Pentagon for approval -- largely because without a presence on the ground, it hasn't been able to build enough intelligence on targets to meet the administration's standards for avoiding civilian casualties.The White House has hailed the CIA operation that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul on Saturday as evidence that using over the horizon counterterrorism capabilities in Afghanistan has been effective. Current and former officials say the successful Zawahiri strike certainly proves that with the right intelligence, the US is perfectly capable of tackling a specific target from afar -- but those same sources also said that Zawahiri, a...
    By Mostafa Salem, Ehsan Popalzai, Paul P. Murphy and Ivana Kottasova | CNN The Taliban have claimed they were not aware that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was residing in the Afghan capital of Kabul where the US said he was killed in a drone strike over the weekend. “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri’s arrival and stay in Kabul,” the Taliban said in a statement Thursday. “The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the investigative and intelligence agencies to conduct a comprehensive and serious investigation into the various aspects of the incident,” the Taliban added. US President Joe Biden announced Monday that Zawahiri had been killed early Sunday by a US drone strike at a house in Kabul he had been residing in. A senior US administration official said senior Taliban figures from the Haqqani network were aware of the al Qaeda chief’s presence in the area and even took steps to conceal his presence after the strike, restricting access to the safe house and rapidly relocating members of his family,...
    (CNN)The Taliban have claimed they were not aware that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was residing in the Afghan capital of Kabul where the US said he was killed in a drone strike over the weekend. "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri's arrival and stay in Kabul," the Taliban said in a statement Thursday. "The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the investigative and intelligence agencies to conduct a comprehensive and serious investigation into the various aspects of the incident," the Taliban added.US President Joe Biden announced Monday that Zawahiri had been killed early Sunday by a US drone strike at a house in Kabul he had been residing in. A senior US administration official said senior Taliban figures from the Haqqani network were aware of the al Qaeda chief's presence in the area and even took steps to conceal his presence after the strike, restricting access to the safe house and rapidly relocating members of his family, including his daughter and her children.Bidens al Qaeda strike reveals an inconvenient truth about...
    On this week’s episode of “The Hunt with WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green,” Dr. Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, said the strike was a “counterterrorism coup on many levels.” toggle audio on and off change volume download audio With Ayman al-Zawahiri killed in drone strike, who takes his place? SIGN UP TODAY for J.J. Green’s national security newsletter, “Inside the SCIF.” The weekly email delivers unique insight into the intelligence, national security, military, law enforcement and foreign policy communities.
    The White House faced a torrent of questions from reporters regarding the presence of al Qaeda in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan after the killing of the extremist network's leader, Ayman al Zawahiri, shed light on the Taliban's standing. A CIA drone strike took out al Zawahiri on Saturday night as he stood on the balcony of a safe house in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he had been hiding for months. His presence was known by "senior members" of the Haqqani network, which has ties to al Qaeda and whose members have received top positions in the Taliban’s interim government. TALIBAN LEADERS KNEW AL ZAWAHIRI WAS IN AFGHANISTAN, BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SAYS The news of his presence in Afghanistan and that Taliban officials tried to cover-up the al Zawahiri strike raised questions about the Taliban's willingness to create an environment that would allow terror groups to rebuild their ranks. Despite those possibilities, the White House has touted the strike that killed al Zawahiri as a message to other terror leaders in Afghanistan — that the United States can still target them even if the Taliban...
    (CNN)It manages to both shock and seem entirely, chillingly, predictable.The killings of key terrorist leaders have become increasingly commonplace, as the attacks they used to plot or inspire dwindle in their impact on the West, and the West's counter-terrorism capability grows. But taking out the head of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, on a balcony in one of the fanciest neighborhoods in Kabul -- a city from which the US withdrew in chaos a year ago -- is no everyday feat. It is a shocking display of what twenty years' experience hunting terrorists has left the US capable of.Yet it leaves a predictable lesson in its wake: Afghanistan has remained a safe haven for terrorists over the past decade -- they just didn't carry out attacks from there that meant we paid attention. But the fact that Zawahiri lived there in plain sight debunks the febrile spinning that went on in the lead-up to the US withdrawal.For years, the US's perception of the al Qaeda threat in Afghanistan appeared to vacillate depending on what footprint the US was pursuing; in years...
    The Taliban's willingness to protect al Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan became much clearer following the U.S. strike that killed Ayman al Zawahiri, the successor of Osama bin Laden, the first such strike since America's withdrawal. Zawahiri, who has been credited with the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings that had killed hundreds in several East African cities and the 9/11 terror attacks, had been hiding at a safe house in the Sherpur area of downtown Kabul when the United States got wind of his location back in the spring. After several months of surveillance and planning, a CIA drone launched two hellfire missiles at Zawahiri on Saturday night as he stood on the balcony of the safe house, a location where he often spent his time. A day after the administration publicized the strike, the White House is touting it as proof that the U.S. is able to launch over-the-horizon strikes, which they promoted as the primary method to be used to continue counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan after the troops left. TALIBAN LEADERS KNEW AL ZAWAHIRI WAS IN AFGHANISTAN, BIDEN ADMINISTRATION...
    THE world’s most wanted terrorist Ayman Al-Zawihiri was sold out by his former allies after holing up in a safehouse in Kabul’s warlord quarter. The Al Qaeda leader was blitzed by a volley of Hellfire rockets fired from a US drone just yards from the old British embassy. 6Zawahiri - known as 'The Doctor' or 'Doctor Death' - was killed on SundayCredit: AP 6Al-Zawahiri, right, took over from Osama bin Laden after his 2011 assassinationCredit: Getty 6Smoke rising from site of US strike that killed Ayman Al-ZawahiriCredit: Reuters/Aamaj News 6 The Egyptian born killer, who served Osama bin Laden’s doctor, had been under surveillance for weeks after 25 years on the run. He was killed at 6.18am on Sunday after stepping onto his balcony alone. MI6 boss Richard Moore paid tribute to the secret agents who revealed his location in the bling Sherpur neighbourhood. The spymaster known as 'C' retweeted a message saying: "We will never know the names of all who made this day possible." More world newsFIRED UP China shows dramatic vid of aircraft carriers as Pelosi plane ONE...
    The White House revealed on Tuesday morning that it does not have DNA proof that Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Kabul on Sunday. Instead, spokesman John Kirby said officials used multiple sources and pieces of evidence to establish that Osama Bin Laden's successor was dead.  It comes as officials are under pressure to release more details about the strike, including where the U.S. drones flew from and any foreign assistance they had in taking out one of the world's most wanted men.  Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, declined to discuss whether the C.I.A. carried out the strike or whether Hellfire R9X missiles, fitted with blades, were used. And although he said the strike sent a message that Al Qaeda leaders would never be safe anywhere, he admitted that it would not be possible to get genetic proof of al-Zawahiri's death.  'We do not have DNA confirmation. We're not going to get that confirmation,' he told CNN. 'Quite frankly, based on multiple sources and methods that we've gathered information from, we don't need...
    (CNN)CNN has identified what appears to be the house in Kabul, Afghanistan, hit by a Hellfire missile drone strike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, while he was on the balcony.The identification was made by geolocating and verifying the authenticity of three photos circulating social media since Sunday, in additional to utilizing archival, high-resolution satellite imagery.The strike, which took place at 9:48 p.m. ET on Saturday and in the early hours of Sunday morning in Kabul, was authorized by US President Joe Biden following weeks of meetings with his Cabinet and key advisers.It took out the 71-year-old al Qaeda leader who at one time acted as Osama bin Laden's personal physician, and who rose to the top of the terrorist organization after US forces killed bin Laden in 2011.CNN has reached out to the National Security Council for comment on the identification of the house but did not immediately receive a response.Read MoreThe house, located in the Sherpur neighborhood of the Afghan capital, is surrounded by several houses and buildings to its north, south and west. Directly east of...
    The families of those murdered in the 9/11 terrorist attack are today celebrating the death of al Qaeda leader's Ayman al-Zawahi who was killed in a CIA drone strike. Al-Zawahiri, 71, Osama Bin Laden's fanatical deputy who helped mastermind multiple attacks including 9/11, was killed by two Hellfire 'Ninja' missiles whilst he stood on a balcony of his safe house in Afghanistan's capital Kabul this weekend. Former President George W. Bush's senior adviser Brad Blakeman, whose nephew - a first responder - was killed in 9/11 said Al-Zawahiri's death was 'a long time coming'. Blakeman's nephew, former Army medic Thomas Jurgens, was a New York court officer at the time and after the first plane hit the Twin Towers, he filled a jury van with first aid supplies and drove to the chaotic scene. But Jurgens died after the second plane hit and his body was never recovered.  Speaking of Al-Zawahiri's killing, Blakeman told Fox News: 'It was a long day in coming. It should have been done a long time ago if we had had the opportunity.' 'What really dismays me...
    Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz The White House has released a photo of President Joe Biden meeting with advisers on the plan to kill now-deceased al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The day after the news broke that President Biden ordered the airstrike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri over the weekend, the White House released a photo that shows the planning for the strike, which apparently has been underway for a very long time. According to the White House, the photo depicts the president at a meeting that occurred just over a month ago. “On July 1, President Biden meets with his national security team to discuss the counterterrorism operation to take out Ayman al-Zawahiri. At this meeting, the President was briefed on the proposed operation and shown a model of the safe house where Al-Zawahiri was hiding,” the White House said. The photo was taken by White House photographer Adam Schultz. Biden addressed the nation Monday to talk about the strike, saying “My fellow Americans, on Saturday, at my direction, the United States successfully concluded an airstrike in Kabul,...
    The White House on Tuesday released a photo of President Joe Biden meeting with his national security team on July 1, where they outlined the operation to take out al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. In the photo, Biden is seen interacting with CIA Director William Burns, who is sitting to the president's right and wearing a face mask. The meeting took place in the Situation Room at the White House. During the briefing, Biden questioned his team about the proposed operation and examined a model that was constructed of the safe house in Kabul where al-Zawahiri was hiding. The White House tweeted the picture with the caption: 'On July 1, President Biden meets with his national security team to discuss the counterterrorism operation to take out Ayman al-Zawahiri. At this meeting, the President was briefed on the proposed operation and shown a model of the safe house where Al-Zawahiri was hiding.' Attending the meeting along with Burns were Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, National Counterterrorism Center Director Christine Abizaid, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer,...
    National Security Council spokesman John Kirby pushed back on the idea that al-Qaeda would be able to find sanctuary in Afghanistan after the drone strike that killed the terror organization’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Kirby interviewed Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday, where he went into detail on the intelligence-gathering operation before the CIA killed Zawahiri with a drone strike near Kabul. Kilmeade noted that Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan signifies a violation of the Doha Agreement by the Taliban, and he asked Kirby, “where’s the rest of the al-Qaeda guys right now?” Kirby agreed that the Biden administration regards this as a Doha agreement violation, but he argued that the successful Zawahiri strike “sends a pretty powerful signal to the Taliban and anybody else who might harbor al-Qaeda terrorists going forward.” He insisted that al-Qaeda’s foothold around the country is “very small,” and “I think if I was a member of al-Qaeda, I’d be thinking again about how safe a haven Afghanistan would be for me right now.” Kilmeade remarked that the United Nations has determined an al-Qaeda presence in...
    THE son-in-law of the assassinated Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is tipped to take over the terrorist group. Abdal-Rahman al-Maghrebi who has been the organisation's "general manager" in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2012, is a possible successor as the terror group's leader after the death of Al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike. 8Abdal-Rahman al-Maghrebi has a $7 million bounty on his headCredit: Rewards for Justice 8Al-Zawahiri (right) took over from Bin Laden in 2011 (left)Credit: Getty 8Al-Zawahri was killed in a drone strike on July 31Credit: AP The native Moroccan has served in a number of senior roles within Al Qaeda and was described by the US State Department as the "longtime director" of Al Qaeda's media wing Al Sahab. He left Morocco in 1996 to study software programming in Cologne, Germany before leaving to train at the al-Faruq camp in Afghanistan where he was selected to manage Al Sahab. The Iran-based leader, also known as Muhammad Abbatay, has a $7 million bounty on his head. Last month UN report included him among those who could be next in line to...
    The United States killed al Qaeda boss Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike Saturday, following a more than 20-year effort to assassinate the terrorist. Labeled by US officials as Osama bin Laden’s number-two, al-Zawahiri, 71, was a key plotter of the September 11 terrorist attacks and took over as the leader of the notorious terror group following bin Laden’s death in 2011. The strike was carried out early Sunday at an Afghanistan safe house the elderly terrorist had be holed up in, at 6:18 am local time and 9:48 pm Saturday in the US. The early morning attack saw al-Zawahiri killed by two hellfire missiles fired from drones deployed by the CIA, as he stood on the balcony of the safe house in downtown Kabul. The Egyptian-born jihadist apparently proceeded to linger on the landing, as U.S. intelligence had noted he often did, allowing the drone ample time to execute the attack.  The mission, officials said, took six months to plan - but served as the culmination of a much wider, carefully coordinated campaign to track down and kill the al Qaeda head, who had...
    (CNN)For a few hours, America's first war of the 21st century -- the war on terror -- returned to supersede the stirrings of a geopolitical showdown set to dominate the coming decades: a super power face-off with China. In a blast from a previous foreign policy era, the US announced Monday that it had killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan, settling one of the last outstanding debts of vengeance after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The killing was seized upon by President Joe Biden as validation of his vow to prevent the war-torn South Asian country from again becoming a safe haven for terrorists, despite ending America's longest war there last year. And it may offer a steadying moment as the anniversary of his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal nears, adding to his presidency's momentum after Senate Democrats struck a deal on a climate, energy and health care bill last week. How Joe Biden and his team decided to kill the worlds most wanted terroristMore broadly, the attack, which hearkens back to the war on...
    Al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri became the latest victim of the feared Hellfire Ninja R9X missile that uses pop-out swords rather than an explosive to take down high profile targets, according to military experts.  Al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in the Shirpur neighborhood of the Afghani capital of Kabul on Saturday, according to President Joe Biden. The terrorist leader was 71 years old.  A senior Biden administration official told reporters on August 1 that a drone fired two Hellfire R9X missiles at the terrorist leader as he walked on to the balcony of his safe house.   The R9X carries 45kg of reinforced metal in its tip with six extendable blades designed to shred the target upon impact without triggering a blast that could prove deadly to those nearby.  US Central Command hasn't revealed the weapon used to carry out the assassination of al-Zawahiri, but in the past has deployed the fearsome R9X Hellfire 'Ninja' missile for similar surgical strikes The official described the al-Zawahiri assassination as a 'precise tailored airstrike.'  Osama Bin-Laden's former number two was staying in...
    Republicans are slamming President Joe Biden for applauding the killing of Al Qaeda's top leader, alleging his 'disastrous withdrawal' from Afghanistan paved the way for the group's resurgence. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the terrorist group after founder Osama bin Laden's death, was killed in a CIA drone strike in Kabul on Sunday.  Biden expressed hope Monday that Zawahiri's death would bring 'one more measure of closure' to families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, which he helped coordinate. The president alleged Zawahiri will 'never again allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist safe haven because he is gone' and pledged his administration would 'make sure that nothing else happens.' However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blamed Biden's botched exit from the Taliban-ruled country on the 'possible re-emergence of Al Qaeda,' alleging the US must take action to prevent terrorists from entering the nation. GOP Sen. Marjorie Taylor Greene echoed McCarthy's sentiment saying that even Americans will be glad Zawahiri is dead, 'Joe's victory lap is ridiculous.' Republicans are slamming President Joe Biden's 'ridiculous victory lap' after the killing of Al Qaeda...
    When President Biden ordered America’s last remaining troops in Afghanistan to leave, his critics argued that in doing so he would weaken America in the region, creating a vacuum terrorists could once again fill. Biden and his top national security aides promised it would not. Nearly a year later, with a Hellfire missile strike on a building in a crowded section of the Afghan capital of Kabul, the United States killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, the man who sat at Osama bin Laden’s side and was one of the central players behind the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The U.S. had been hunting Zawahiri for more than two decades. When his presence in Afghanistan was detected earlier this year, the U.S. intelligence community formulated a plan to confirm it was him and to eliminate him without incurring unnecessary risk to Afghan civilians. According to Biden, no civilians were killed in the attack, which took place as the al Qaeda leader stood on the balcony of what he thought was a “safe house” provided...
    (CNN)Before he gave the order to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri, President Joe Biden wanted to intimately understand where the al Qaeda leader was hiding.The US drone strike that killed Zawahiri on his balcony in downtown Kabul was the product of months of highly secret planning by Biden and a tight circle of his senior advisers. Among the preparations was a small-scale model of Zawahiri's safe house, constructed by intelligence officials and placed inside the White House Situation Room for Biden to examine as he debated his options.For Biden, the opportunity to take out the world's most wanted terrorist, one of the masterminds of the September, 11, 2001, attacks, was fraught with the risk of accidentally killing civilians in the Afghan capital — just as a US drone strike did 11 months ago during the chaotic US military withdrawal from the country.Details of the strike and its planning were disclosed by a senior administration official as Biden was preparing to announce the mission Monday.Throughout the months-long effort to plan this weekend's strike, Biden repeatedly tasked his officials with ensuring civilians -- including...
    After broadcasting President Joe Biden's address to the country, announcing a drone strike killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, CBS turned to a live shot of the One World Trade Center. "We leave you with a look at lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center. All those that planted the attack are either dead or captured when World Trade stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, a reminder of the resilience of New York City and the American people. This has been a CBS News special report," host John Dickerson proclaimed Monday evening. BIDEN CONFIRMS DEATH OF AL QAEDA CHIEF AYMAN AL ZAWAHIRI IN US STRIKE Al Zawahiri, one of the 9/11 masterminds, died Sunday morning Afghanistan time after the United States conducted a "precision" drone strike on his safe house in Kabul, the president said during his address. CBS's John Dickerson ends their special report of Biden's speech with a rhetorical middle finger to al Qaeda:"All those who plotted [9/11] are either dead or captured. 1 World Trade stands as the...
    President Joe Biden said he authorized the drone strike that killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri near Kabul, and cited the terrorist’s role in planning the Step. 11, 2001 terror attacks and other barbaric acts. Zawahiri was killed by the CIA over the weekend in a safe house near Afghanistan’s Taliban-controlled capital. The president, who is in isolation after he tested positive again for Covid-19, spoke from a balcony at the White House. “Saturday, at my direction, the United States successfully concluded an air strike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed Ayman Al Zawahiri,” Biden said. “Zawahiri was bin Laden’s leader. He was with him the whole time. He was his number two man, his deputy at the time of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He was deeply involved in the planning of 9/11.” Biden added: He coordinated Al Qaeda’s branches and all around the world, including setting priorities for providing operational guidance that called for and inspired attacks against U.S. targets. He made videos, including in recent weeks, calling for his followers to attack the United States and its allies....
    Top Taliban leaders knew that Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri, the successor of Osama bin Laden, was hiding in Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official, who spoke to reporters shortly after the details emerged about a strike that took out the terrorist leader. Two hell-fire missiles were fired at al Zawahiri's safe house in Kabul and there were no indications that anyone else died in the strike that occurred on Saturday night, the official said. The official also accused Taliban leaders of trying to cover-up the Al-Qaeda leader's presence at the compound. BIDEN TO ADDRESS NATION AFTER 'SUCCESSFUL COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATION' Earlier this year, the U.S. identified the safe house he was staying in at Kabul and began tracking him for the ensuing couple months. Even though his family members were in the safe house at the time of the strike, the official said they were unharmed. The Taliban has since removed the family from the home which the official described as “consistent with a broader effort to cover up the space and living in the safe house was...
    Fred Fleitz, the former Executive Secretary of the National Security Council under former President Donald Trump, said he is “skeptical” the U.S. killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan. Zawahiri, according to multiple reports, was killed over the weekend outside of Taliban-controlled Kabul by the CIA. On Fox News’ Monday edition of The Five, Bret Baier opined the death of the successor to Osama bin Laden is a win for President Joe Biden. Biden will speak to the country at 7:30 p.m. ET, and Baier billed the speech as a chance to declare a victory. “This is a huge, huge win for the U.S. and we expect to hear that and where the fight goes from here as far as taking out other terrorists,” Baier said. He added: If everything we’re hearing is accurate and we believe it to be true. They had some active intelligence from people on the ground that we’re working with and that led to this residence and it led to this CIA drone strike so that over-the-horizon strike capability was there,...
    (CNN)The United States killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.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.The US government has not yet confirmed his death. President Joe Biden will speak at 7:30 p.m. ET on "a successful counterterrorism operation" against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the White House said Monday."Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties," a senior administration official said.Biden, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday as he deals with a rebound case of the virus, will speak outdoors from the Blue Room Balcony at the White House.Read MoreIn a series of tweets, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said, "An air strike was carried out on a residential house in Sherpur area of Kabul city on July 31."He said, "The nature of...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier broke the news during The Five that the U.S. military killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. “We can confirm from two intelligence sources that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed by a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend. And that is what President Biden will announce from the White House tonight at 730 Eastern Time,” Baier began. He added that “Zawahiri was a deputy under Osama bin Laden on 911. He is one of the most wanted terrorists, has been for a long time.” “This is, again, to intelligence sources, saying that this is a big counterterrorism win for the U.S.” Baier continued, noting that Zawahiri took over al Qaeda in June 2011, after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden. Baier then took questions from the various co-hosts of The Five. “This is a huge, huge win for the U.S. and we expect to hear that and where the fight goes from here as far as taking out other terrorists,” Baier...
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    AL QAEDA'S leader has been killed in a US drone strike, the Biden administration has announced. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, 71, who founded the terror group behind the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, was taken out in a strike on the Afghan capital Kabul. 1Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri has been killed in a CIA drone strikeCredit: Getty Known as 'The Doctor', Al-Zawahiri was believed to have masterminded the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and was on the FBI's most wanted list. The Al Qaeda chief, who took over from Osama bin Laden after he was killed in 2011, had a $25m bounty on his head. A senior Biden official said in a state that the Egyptian-born terrorist was killed over the weekend in a "counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan". They added that "the operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties". Most read in US Newsgrisly end Major update after cops reveal clue that led to bodies of sisters aged 5, 8 & 9HARROWING HIKE Girl, 10,...
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