The United States killed the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an attack with drones in Afghanistan

(CNN) — The United States successfully killed the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an attack with drones, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Zawahiri, who had just turned 71 years old, remained a visible international symbol of the group, 11 years after the United States killed Osama bin Laden.

En un momento actuó como personal medico de Osama bin Laden.

Zawahiri proceeded from a distinguished Egyptian family, according to The New York Times. Su abuelo, Rabia’a ​​​​al-Zawahiri, fue imán en la Universidad al-Azhar en El Cairo. His grandfather, Abdel Rahman Azzam, was the first secretary of the Arab League.

The Department of State of the United States offered a reward of up to US$ 25 million for information that led directly to the capture of Zawahiri.

Un informe de Naciones Unidas de June de 2021 sugería que se encontraba en algun lugar de la región bordereriza de Afganistan y Pakistán, y que podría estar demasiado debil para aparecer en la propaganda.

President Joe Biden made statements tonight at 7:30 pm about “a successful anti-terrorist operation” from the Balcón del Salón Azul, dijo este lunes la Casa Blanca.

“During the weekend, the United States carried out an anti-terrorist operation against an important Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civil victims”, according to a senior official of the administration.

A Taliban spokesperson affirms that the United States carried out an attack with drones in a residence in Kabul

In a series of tweets, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said: “On July 31, an aerial attack was carried out against a residential house in the Sherpur area of ​​the city of Kabul.”

I know that “the nature of the incident was not evident at the beginning”, but the services of security and intelligence of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and “the initial findings determined that the attack was carried out by an American drone.”

Mujahid’s tweets were published before CNN informed that the United States successfully attacked and killed the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an attack with drones, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Mujahid said that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan “strongly condemns this attack under any pretext and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement”.

Know that actions like these “are a repetition of the failed experiences of the last 20 years and they go against the interests of the United States of America, Afghanistan and the region”.

Cerró diciendo que repetía “tales acciones dañarán” las opportunidades disponibles.

Biden says that the attack against Zawahiri was the result of una “persistencia y habilidad extraordinarias” de la comunidad de inteligenia

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, speaks from the balcony of the Blue Room of the White House on August 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden said this Monday that the precision attack of this weekend against the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was the result of an “extraordinary persistence and ability” of the American intelligence community.

“Nuestra comunidad de inteligencia localizó a Zawahiri at the beginning of this year: he moved to the center of Kabul before reuniting with members of his immediate family,” said Biden in a speech to the nation in the evening broadcast from the balcony of the Sala Azul de la Casa Blanca. “Después de considerante carefully la evidencia clara y convincingente de su ubicación, autoricé un ataque de precisión que lo sacaría del campo de batalla de una vez por todas”.

La missión del sábado “was carefully planned before rigorously minimizing the risk of damage to other civilians”, said Biden, and it was approved only a week ago.

The attack only occurred one year after Biden ordered the withdrawal of the United States troops from Afghanistan, which led the Taliban forces to quickly take control of the country.

“When we finished our military mission in Afghanistan almost a year ago, we made the decision that after 20 years of war, the United States no longer needed thousands of boots on the ground in Afghanistan to protect the United States from terrorists who seek to harm us.” y le prometí al pueblo estadounidense que continuaremos realizante operaciones antiterroristas efectivas en Afganistan y más allá. We did exactly that,” said Biden este lunes.

DJ Judd de CNN collaborated with this report

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