America find Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Aug 03 (Alliance News): A senior Joe Biden administration official told reporters that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had been in hiding for years, and that the operation to find and kill him was the result of careful, patient and sustained efforts by the counterterrorism and intelligence community.

According to foreign media, the US President Joe Biden announced the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in the center of Kabul in televised remarks from the White House on Monday evening. ‘Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more’.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, but if you are a threat to our people, America will find you and kill you,” he said.

For 21 years, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has escaped US attempts to kill him, his predecessor Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad in May 2011, exactly 10 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. What they both planned and carried out.

Osama bin Laden was considered the face of al-Qaeda while Ayman al-Zawahiri was considered its brain, who carried out strategic planning for the group.

American media reports claimed that Ayman al-Zawahiri was living in Helmand province before moving to Kabul after the Taliban took over the Afghan capital in August 2021. Various rumors of presence or being in Afghanistan continued to circulate.

An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, gave the following details about the operation to Reuters, saying that for years the US government had known about a network that helped Ayman al-Zawahiri. Since then, authorities have continued to monitor al-Qaida’s activities in Afghanistan.

This year, authorities discovered that Ayman al-Zawahiri’s family, his wife, daughter and children, had moved to a safe house in Kabul, and authorities later learned of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s presence there.

The official said that Ayman al-Zawahiri arrived at the Kabul safe house after which the authorities did not receive any information about his departure and was later identified on the balcony of the safe house where he was eventually killed.

After months of intelligence-gathering, officials believed they had correctly identified Ayman al-Zawahiri, and in April National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan briefed President Joe Biden on the matter.

Officials said officials investigated the construction and nature of the safe house and checked its occupants to ensure the U.S. could enter without damaging the building’s structure and the civilians and Ayman al-Zawahiri’s family. can operate confidently with minimal risk.

In recent weeks, President Joe Biden has held meetings with key advisers and cabinet members to review intelligence and assess the best course of action.

On July 1, Joe Biden was briefed and scrutinized by members of his cabinet, including CIA Director William Burns, about a proposed operation at the White House.

The US president asked detailed questions about our intelligence sources and their stability, safe houses, weather, conditions, the impact on relations with the Afghan Taliban and the chances of success of the operation, the official said.

The US official said a team of senior interagency lawyers conducted a rigorous review of the intelligence and confirmed that Ayman al-Zawahiri was a legitimate target based on his continued leadership of al Qaeda.

On July 25, the US president called key cabinet members and advisers for a final briefing to discuss how Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death would affect US relations with the Taliban, the official said. will

After seeking input from everyone, Joe Biden authorized a careful and precise airstrike on the condition that it minimizes the risk of civilian casualties, the US official said.

He said that after receiving the approval from the US President, a drone attack called ‘Hellfire’ was carried out on July 30, 2022 at exactly 1:48 (6:48 am according to Pakistani time) in which al-Qaeda leader Ayman was killed. Al-Zawahiri was killed.

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