Ayman al-Zawahiri

The United States has announced that it has killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in the central area of ​​the city of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

The United States reportedly fired two Hellfire missiles at al-Zawahiri while he was on a balcony of the residence where he was sheltering;

said residence is located in a neighborhood where many Taliban leaders live.

The United States has long accused al-Zawahiri of being a key plotter in the 9/11 attack alongside Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011 in a US military operation in Pakistan.

US President Joe Biden announced the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on Monday night.

President Joe Biden: “The United States continues to demonstrate the resolve and ability to defend the American people against those who seek to harm us.

As you know, tonight we make it clear once again that no matter how long it takes and no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and eliminate you."

The Taliban condemned the attack, calling it a "violation of international principles."

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the Taliban of violating the Doha agreement by harboring and harboring the al Qaeda leader.

(Information from Democracy Now)