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Tuesday Aug 02 2022
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Reuters

Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri killed in CIA drone strike, US officials say

By
Reuters
File photo of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
File photo of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

  • US officials said Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan. 
  • Say that the CIA carried out the strike in Kabul on Sunday. 
  • Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that a strike took place.


WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan, US officials told Reuters on Monday, the biggest blow to the militant group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

One of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a drone strike was carried out by the CIA in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday.

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that a strike took place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of "international principles."

U.S. President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on Monday at 7:30 p.m. (2330 GMT) on what the White House described as a "successful counter-terrorism operation."