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Big blow on terror! CIA killed al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri in drone strike in Afghanistan, US prez Biden says ‘Justice delivered’

By Priyanka Verma 
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United States: A big success for US, after Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a drone strike in Afghanistan.A $25 million bounty was announced on Zawahiri. US officials told media on Monday that the terrorist group suffered the biggest setback since the 2011 killing of its founder, Osama bin Laden. According to US officials, Zawahiri was shot down by a CIA drone in Afghanistan.

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This news has been also confirmed by President Joe Biden himself in his address. In his address on Monday evening, President Biden said that ‘justice has won. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in an airstrike in Kabul. Clearly, if you are a threat to our people, America will find you and drive you out, no matter where you hide, no matter how long it takes.’

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Biden said that on Saturday, on my instructions, a drone strike was successfully carried out in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed. This is another step towards bringing justice to the victims of the 11 November 2001 attack. In the end he said – now justice has been served. Biden said that now I will never allow Afghanistan to be a safe place for terrorists at all. Also, I will keep in mind that this does not happen in future also.

Earlier on Monday afternoon, the White House announced that Joe Biden would address the nation about “a successful counter-terrorism operation” in the evening, but the White House did not name anyone. However, several media reports named the man killed in the US air strike as al-Zawahiri, the number two al-Qaeda leader after Osama bin Laden.

Egypt’s doctor and Surgeon Zawahiri helped to highjack four planes in the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Two of them collided with both towers of the World Trade Center (WTC). While the third aircraft collided with the US Defense Ministry i.e. Pentagon. The fourth aircraft crashed in a field of Shankaville. 3,000 people were killed in this incident. In addition to September 2001 attacks, Al-Zawahiri is also accused of attacking US ship USS Cole on October 12, 2000. It also includes another senior commander of Al Qaeda. In these attacks 17 American naval killed and 30 others were injured. In addition, al-Zawahiri was indicted in the United States for his role in the August 7, 1998 bombings on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people and injured more than 5,000.

America had tried to kill Zawahiri several times before. In 2001, Zawahiri was reported to be hiding in Tora Bora, Afghanistan. However, Zawahiri fled before the attack could take place. However, his wife and children were killed in this attack. At the same time, in 2006, the US intelligence agency again laid a trap to kill Zawahiri. At that time there was news that he was hiding in Damdola, Pakistan. However, Zawahiri had escaped from there before the missile strike.

One of the US officials told news agency that on Sunday, the CIA conducted a drone strike in the Afghan capital of Kabul. A senior administration official said the US has launched an anti-terrorist operation against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The operation was a complete success and there were no civilian casualties. This attack was done as part of counter terrorism operation in Afghanistan.

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