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    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.
    Bill Roggio is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and editor of FDD's Long war Journal. From 1991 to 1997, Roggio served as a signalman and infantryman in the U.S. Army and New Jersey National Guard One year ago this month, President Biden told Americans that Al Qaeda was 'gone' from Afghanistan. On Monday, we learned that clearly was not the case. 'We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as getting Osama bin Laden. And we did,' he told reporters on August 20, 2021, as American and allied forces hastily prepared to pull out of the country. President Biden had set August 31st as the last day for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan after 20 years of war and the deadline had caught the world by surprise. 'Look, let's put this thing in perspective,' he insisted amid calls to delay the evacuation, 'What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point, with al Qaeda gone?' Days after those remarks, on August 26, 2021, a suicide...
    AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI was al-Qaeda’s chief after the Americans killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. The world is well rid of him. He was involved at the very beginning of al-Qaeda in Egypt during the 1980s. Like bin Laden, he was always a violent jihadist. 4Ayman al-Zawahiri was Al-Qaeda’s chief after the Americans killed Osama bin Laden in 2011Credit: AFP 4Taliban fighters take control of the Afghan presidential palace after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country in 2021Credit: AP He was behind the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 224 people He was behind the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 that killed 17 American sailors. And, of course, he was one of the key planners for the 9/11 attacks on America that killed almost 3,000 people and injured thousands more. He never had the charisma — or the money — of Osama bin Laden, but he was a hardline terrorist ideologue. Read More on AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRIHUNT IS OVER Exact way Al Qaeda chief was tracked down and shredded by CIA drone on balconySHOT...
    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...
    House and Senate Republicans are mostly quiet about President Joe Biden having killed top al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, a terrorist who was Osama bin-Laden’s second in command. Few gave him credit for taking out the terrorist, despite lauding Donald Trump when he took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani. Ayman al-Zawahiri was “a mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks” who was “one of the most sought-after people by the U.S. for over two decades,” NBC News reports. Some Republicans offered praise to the men and women in the armed forces, some to the CIA, the agency Biden used to carry out the assassination. And some used the killing of the top al-Qaeda terrorist as an opportunity to attack the President. Americans paying attention only to Fox News or Republicans on Capitol Hill would have a very different understanding of this critical moment in history. READ MORE: ‘Trump Was Taking Saudi Blood Money – Biden Was Killing Terrorists’: Experts Weigh in on Historic Counterterrorism News Matthew Dowd, a former Republican who was a chief strategist on the George W....
    (CNN)The airstrike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri over the weekend in Afghanistan is part of the long and justified campaign by the United States to bring all the heads of the terror group to justice. Peter BergenLet's be clear about who Zawahiri really was. In remarks at the White House on Monday, President Joe Biden described Zawahiri as a terrorist mastermind "deeply involved in the planning of 9/11," as well as the bombings of the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 and two US embassies in Africa in 1998 that killed more than 200 people. But in my two-and-a-half decades of intensive reporting on al Qaeda, and based on discussions with key CIA and FBI officials tracking both Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden, as well as militants who knew both men, I have found little or no evidence for those assertions.As for Zawahiri's role in recent years as al Qaeda leader, he was unable to resuscitate the terrorist group, which hasn't carried out a major attack in the West since al Qaeda-trained suicide bombers killed 52 commuters in...
    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,...
    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...
    (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...
    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....
    Over a decade ago, when Navy Seals raided Osama bin Laden's compound and brought the 9/11 terrorist attack mastermind to justice, Ayman al Zawahiri assumed the reigns of the al Qaeda terrorist network. Zawahiri, who has long been shrouded in mystery, served as al Qaeda's No. 2 when the terrorist network orchestrated the infamous 9/11 attack that killed roughly 3,000 Americans. Now, reports are indicating that United States forces conducted a missile strike in Afghanistan that killed the al Qaeda leader who had evaded justice for decades. BIDEN TO ADDRESS NATION AFTER 'SUCCESSFUL COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATION' Many foreign policy experts remained perplexed as to how Zawahiri managed to avoid getting captured or killed by the United States or allied forces for so long. His reported death comes over a decade after bin Laden was killed and navy seals amassed a vast trove of data about al Qaeda's inner workings from the compound. Some had theorized that Zawahiri was already dead or in poor health. Others suspected that he was hiding in Pakistan like bin Laden, making it...
    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...
    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,...
    On this week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green,” Dr. Hans Jakob-Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, said Ayman Al- Zawahiri left clues to his whereabouts. toggle audio on and off change volume download audio Al Qaida has not given up the ambition to again do international terrorist attacks, Dr. Hans Jakob-Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Project, says 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.
    Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in a new video in which he denounced the ‘enemies of Islam’ after a school in India banned the wearing of the hijab. In a nine-minute video released by As-Sahab Media, Al-Qaeda’s official media wing, al-Zawahiri praised Muslim student Muskan Khan after she wore the Islamic scarf at a school in Karnataka state, governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). According to translations provided by counter-terror experts on Twitter, including the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites, the Egyptian-born doctor accused ‘the pagan Hindu democracy of India’ of seeking to ‘oppress Muslims’. Al-Zawahiri, who took over al-Qaeda after Bin Laden’s death in 2011, also decried France, Holland, and Switzerland, as well as Egypt and Morocco, as ‘enemies of Islam’ for their anti-hijab policies. Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in a new video in which he denounced the ‘enemies of Islam’ after a school in India banned the hijab Karnataka’s hijab row began in January when a government-run school in the state’s Udupi district barred students wearing hijabs...
    Al Qaeda has vowed to 'wage war on all fronts' against the US unless they retreat from the entire Islamic world. Speaking ahead of the tenth anniversary since Osama Bin Laden's death, two operatives said the terrorist network is planning a comeback as President Joe Biden prepares to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by September 11. The Islamist group, now headed by the Egyptian jihadist Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been seen as a diminishing force by the West since Bin Laden's assassination by US special forces on May 1, 2011, with the focus since turning to ISIS.  Speaking ahead of the tenth anniversary since Osama Bin Laden's death, two operatives said Al Qaeda is planning a comeback But the group's operatives told CNN: 'War against the US will be continuing on all other fronts unless they are expelled from the rest of the Islamic world.'  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Prison governor 'said Fishmongers' Hall terrorist Usman Khan... Moments before 'human avalanche' disaster at Israeli... Share this article Share Terror expert Paul Cruickshank...
    Al Qaeda has a new leader, called 'the Sword of Revenge' who is reportedly set to make the terror group as dangerous as they were under Osama Bin Laden. Egyptian former general Saif al-Adel is in hiding in Iran and the 'brilliant and ruthless strategist' has now taken the reins from Ayman Zawahiri, according to reports. The former leader was rumoured to be dead late last year, following speculation he had succumbed to asthma following 'breathing issues'. Al Qaeda has a new leader, pictured left, called 'the Sword of Revenge' who is reportedly set to make the terror group as dangerous as they were under Osama Bin Laden, pictured right Saif has been heavily involved in Al Qaeda activities for some 30 years, and already has a £7.5 million US bounty on his head, after the US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998, which left 224 dead Now Saif, who has long been tracked by intelligence agencies both in the UK and the US, has taken the top job, and is preparing a...
    (CNN)Here's a look at the life of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.PersonalBirth date: June 19, 1951Birth place: EgyptBirth name: Ayman Muhammad Rabi al-ZawahiriRead MoreFather: Rabie al-Zawahiri, professor of pharmacologyMother: Umayma al-Zawahiri Marriages: Unknown publiclyChildren: Unknown publiclyEducation: Cairo University, 1974, master's degree in surgery, 1978Other FactsActed as Osama bin Laden's personal physician.Zawahiri comes from a distinguished Egyptian family, according to the New York Times. 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.The US State Department is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the capture of Zawahiri.Timeline1970s - Zawahiri and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad work to overthrow Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and establish an Islamic state.1980s - Joins the Mujahedeen who are fighting Soviet forces occupying Afghanistan. 1981 - Zawahiri is among hundreds of suspects arrested after the assassination of Sadat. He is not charged in connection to the assassination, but is sentenced to three years in prison for weapons possession. 1987- Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden...
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