Ayman Al-Zawahiri, second in command of Al-Qaida, is depicted in a frame capture from a film that was broadcast on Al-Jazeera television in 2006.
via Getty Images, AFP/AFP Ayman al-Zawahiri, a prominent al-Qaida figure and important 9/11 conspirator, was reportedly killed on July 30 by a drone strike carried out by the United States, according to President Joe Biden.
On August 1, Biden noted the 1998 bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and said, “For decades he was the architect behind attacks against Americans.
After Osama bin Laden was killed by American forces in 2011, Biden spoke into detail about al-leadership Zawahiri’s of al-Qaida, including recent calls for attacks against the United States and its allies.
No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you pose a threat to our citizens, the United States will locate you and eliminate you, Biden declared.
There were no civilian casualties, according to Biden, and no one else was harmed in the attack, including al-family Zawahiri’s who were elsewhere in a safehouse.
Al-Zawahiri was an active threat to U.S. national security, according to an administration official who briefed reporters prior to Biden’s speech, and his death represents a “hugely significant blow” to al-Qaida.
The United States will always be watchful, we will take action, and we will always do what is necessary to preserve the safety and security of Americans both at home and abroad, Biden said. “And to those across the world who continue to strive to harm the United States, hear me now:
The senior administration official claimed that the United States has known of a network that has shielded al-Zawahiri for a number of years.
The individual said that after receiving a briefing on the planned operation, Biden called a meeting with important cabinet members and senior officials on July 25 to receive a final briefing on the intelligence assessment. The decision to attack the target was unanimous, and Biden approved a “tailored” bombing to reduce civilian casualties.
During a 2001 interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden (left) and Ayman al-Zawahiri are seated together.
Getty Pictures Before seizing control of al-Qaida in 2011, Zawahiri, an Egyptian eye specialist, had been bin Laden’s deputy. But al-Qaida militants had criticized him for being underwhelming. In the Afghan war against the Soviets, the two men fought side by side.
Zawahiri contributed to the formation of Islamic Jihad, the organization that killed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981. After the murder of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida was never able to reclaim its position as the leading terrorist group and was forced to contend with newer, more savage foes like the Islamic State.