Al Qaeda chief Ayman al- Zawahiri was killed on Saturday in an airstrike by the United States, US President Joe Biden confirmed Monday. "On Saturday, at my instructions, the United States successfully conducted an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, and killed al Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri," Biden told a media briefing. "No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, America will find you and get you out."
"Zawahri was Osama bin Laden's leader, his number two man and his deputy at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was deeply involved in the 9/11 plan," Biden said. "When I ended my military mission in Afghanistan about a year ago, I decided that after 20 years of war, the United States no longer needed the thousands of shoes on the ground in Afghanistan, which America had to give to those terrorists. To protect us from those who want to harm us, Biden said, “I promised the American people that we will continue to conduct effective counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan and beyond. That's just what we've done."
The US killed Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan. Later, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirmed the attack and said, "On July 31, an airstrike was carried out on a residential house in Sherpur area of Kabul city." He said "at first the nature of the incident was unclear" but the Islamic Emirate's security and intelligence services investigated the incident and "preliminary findings determined that the attack was carried out by a US drone."
Mujahid said that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan "strongly condemns the attack under any pretext and calls it a clear violation of international principles and the Doha Agreement." The US State Department offered a reward of up to US$25 million for information directly capturing Zawahiri.