Yesterday (Aug. 1), it was announced by the United States government that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the Sunni Islamic extremist outfit al-Qaeda, was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was said to have been hit by a CIA drone strike while standing on the balcony of his safe house.
President Joe Biden further confirmed the news during an evening address to the nation:
“Now we make it clear again tonight, that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide: if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out. … After carefully considering the clear and convincing evidence of his location, I authorized the precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield once and for all.”
“For decades, he was the mastermind behind the attacks against Americans, including the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors and wounded dozens more. … He played a key role, a key role in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and wounding over 4,500 others. He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats and American interests.”
“More than 20 years after 9/11, one of the masterminds of that terrorist attack … has finally been brought to justice. It’s a tribute to President Biden’s leadership, to the members of the intelligence community … and to the counterterrorism professionals who were able to take al-Zawahiri out without a single civilian casualty. … I hope it provides a small measure of peace to the 9/11 families and everyone else who has suffered at the hands of al-Qaeda.”