US has killed al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, according to US media outlets

Washington:

The US has killed al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, according to US media outlets, the White House said on Monday in a drone strike targeting the al-Qaeda chief in Afghanistan.

President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in an airstrike in Kabul.

I'm addressing the nation on a successful counterterrorism operation.

https://t.co/SgTVaszA3s

— President Biden (@POTUS) August 1, 2022

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was an Egyptian surgeon who later became one of the world's most wanted terrorists.

He was also counted as the mastermind of the attacks on the United States of America on September 11, 2001.

About 3 thousand people died in that terrorist incident.


The US had placed a $25 million bounty on Zawahiri.

He used to watch al-Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.

The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN have confirmed his death, citing unnamed sources.

This is the first US drone strike on al-Qaeda in Afghanistan since US forces withdrew from the country on August 31, 2021.

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