Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda, was killed by a drone strike, according to President Joe Biden, who spoke from the White House on Monday.
In order to permanently remove him from the battlefield, Biden remarked, “I approved a precise strike.”
11 years after the US killed Osama bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri, who recently turned 71, had continued to be a prominent international emblem of the organisation. He served as bin Laden’s personal physician at one point.
Al-Zawahiri was killed in what a senior administration source described as “a precision tailored airstrike” using two Hellfire missiles while seeking refuge in central Kabul to reunite with his family, according to Biden. According to the official on Monday, Biden ordered the drone hit, which was carried out at 9:48 p.m. ET on Saturday, after many meetings with his cabinet and important advisers.
The security and intelligence agencies of the Islamic Emirate looked into the event and “initial results determined that the hit was carried out by an American drone,” the speaker stated, adding that “the nature of the incident was not evident at first.”
Mujahid’s tweets were published. A obvious violation of international law and the Doha Agreement, according to Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan “strongly condemns this strike on whatever pretext.”
The justice has been served.
As he remained confined with a rebound case of Covid-19, Biden was kept informed about the action against Zawahiri. On Monday, he delivered an outside speech from the White House’s Blue Room Balcony.
Biden stated that Al-Zawahiri “was one of the people most accountable for the assaults that killed 2,977 people on American soil and was heavily involved in the planning of 9/11. He directed assaults on Americans for many years.”
“Now that justice has been served, this terrorist commander has been eliminated. People no longer need to be afraid of the ruthless and determined killer, “He went on. “The United States continues to show its willingness and ability to protect its citizens from those who would attack them. We reiterate tonight that if you pose a threat to our citizens, the United States will find you and eliminate you, regardless of how long it takes or where you hide.”
The President said that the nation’s intelligence community’s “exceptional persistence and expertise” were responsible for the precision strike targeting.
Finally, the President thanked the US intelligence and counterterrorism communities and expressed his thanks, adding that he hoped Zawahiri’s demise would provide some solace for the friends and families of the 9/11 victims.
He said, “To those who still wish to damage the United States, hear me now: We will always be watchful and we will act — and we will always do what is necessary to preserve the safety and security of Americans both at home and abroad.
Taliban are embarrassed by this
It would not have been possible for Al-Zawahiri to be in Kabul without the invitation and consent of at least a small number of Taliban, whether from the Haqqani network or another branch of the organisation, a senior counterterrorism specialist told media.
According to the expert, the Taliban were embarrassed by this attack because they had insisted there were no foreign fighters and no al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
Zawahiri’s recent remarks, he continued, had shown the al Qaeda head was feeling more at ease. According to the analyst, the words made reference to more recent occurrences, which may have demonstrated complacency that contributed to the successful strike.
Now, the question of Al-Zawahiri’s replacement arises.
According to allegations from the United Nations, Saif al Adel, the current al Qaeda No. 2, is believed to have been in Iran.
According to the expert, this presents an urgent dilemma for the Iranians, who must now decide whether to deport the newly appointed al Qaeda commander or to harbour him.
Al Adel had reportedly already left Iran for Afghanistan, according to a former officer in the Afghan administration who is well-versed in counterterrorism.
Bin Laden’s close friend (Al-Zawahiri)
According to the New York Times, Al-Zawahiri is descended from a prominent Egyptian family. Rabia’a al-Zawahiri, his grandfather, was an imam at Cairo’s al-Azhar University. Abdel Rahman Azzam, his great-uncle, served as the Arab League’s first secretary.
In the end, he played a key role in planning the bloodiest terrorist attack to ever occur on American soil, when hijackers turned US aircraft into weapons.
In a videotaped statement made public in April 2002, al-Zawahiri claimed, “Those 19 brothers who went forth and committed their souls to Allah almighty, God almighty has blessed them this victory we are experiencing right now.”
It was the first of many mocking tweets the terrorist, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as the leader of al Qaeda in 2011 after US forces killed him, would send out over the years, encouraging militants to continue their battle against America and teasing US officials.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, when the US-led invasion of Afghanistan started, Zawahiri was never still. In the rough, rocky Tora Bora region of Afghanistan, he once narrowly evaded a US assault that claimed the lives of his wife and children.
When he was imprisoned for his role in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, he made his public debut as a Muslim militant.
“The entire world is who we want to address. We who we are? “In a prison interview, he remarked.
By that point, the young doctor-turned-committed terrorist al-Zawahiri had been plotting for years to topple the Egyptian government and install a fundamentalist Islamic regime in its place. After Sadat made peace with Israel, he enthusiastically supported the assassination of the Egyptian president.
After Sadat’s murder, he was imprisoned for three years, during which time he claimed to have been tortured. Following his release, he travelled to Pakistan where he provided medical care for mujahadeen combatants who had been injured while fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
That’s when he first met bin Laden and discovered their shared cause.
In May 1998, when Egyptian Islamic Jihad joined forces with al Qaeda, he declared, “We are cooperating with brother bin Laden.” “He and I have been friends for almost ten years. He and I engaged in combat here in Afghanistan.”
“The judgement to kill and combat Americans and their allies, whether civilians or military, is an obligation for every Muslim,” the two terrorist leaders said in a joint fatwa.
The US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were the first targets of the assaults against the US and its infrastructure, which started several weeks later and resulted in more than 200 fatalities and 5,000 injuries. After escaping a US cruise missile attack in Afghanistan that had been launched in response, Zawahiri and bin Laden gloated.
Then there was the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in October 2000, when suicide bombers detonated their boat while riding in a dinghy, leaving 17 American sailors dead and 39 more injured.
Zawahiri’s terrorist operation came to a head on September 11, 2001, when the Pentagon and World Trade Center twin buildings were attacked, killing close to 3,000 people. After the passengers rebelled, a fourth hijacked plane, bound for Washington, crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
Since then, al-Zawahiri has increased his visibility by speaking out against the US and its allies on a number of videos and audiotapes. Terrorist incidents occurred soon after some of his tapes.
9/11 families organisation thanks Biden, but requests that he hold the Saudis accountable.
Chair of 9/11 Families United, Terry Strada, thanked the President for the strike but urged him to hold the Saudi Arabian government accountable for alleged government involvement in the attacks. 9/11 Families United is an organisation of survivors and families of 9/11 victims.
Approximately 50 miles from Ground Zero in Manhattan, the Saudi-sponsored LIV Golf tour, which started its third competition at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster at the end of July, has drawn criticism from the organisation.
“I am incredibly appreciative of the effort and sacrifices made by our courageous military, intelligence agencies, and intelligence professionals in eradicating such evil from our world. But President Biden must also hold accountable the Saudi paymasters who funded the Attacks if he hopes to bring about full accountability for the death of thousands on September 11, 2001 “In a statement, Strada added.
“Drones are not used to target the financiers; instead, they are greeted with fist pumps and hosted at golf courses. Everyone must be held accountable if we are serious about accountability “In what seems to be a reference to the President’s contentious gesture with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Strada continued.