The United States announced on Monday that it had killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists.
The Washington Post also reports that Ayman Al-Zawahiri supervised the September 11, 2001 attacks, along with Osama Bin Laden.
A senior US administration official told reporters that a “counter-terrorist operation against a major al-Qaida target” in Afghanistan took place over the weekend.
According to US media, the target of a “successful” Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strike in Kabul was Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Zawahiri assumed leadership of the terrorist organization after the death of Osama bin Laden in a US operation in Pakistan in 2011.
According to the White House, this operation “caused no civilian casualties”.
The US government delayed releasing the information until the death of the al Qaeda leader could be confirmed, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press (AP).
A US Army force was in Afghanistan to support the attack and then withdrew, a senior US intelligence official told the AP.
The US State Department offered up to a $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of the al Qaeda leader.
The operation comes almost a year after the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, which allowed the Taliban to regain control of the country 20 years later.
The attack on al-Zawahri allows to eliminate the figure that shaped al Qaeda, first as Osama bin Laden’s deputy since 1998 and later as his successor.
The two figures used weapons from the jihadist movement to attack the United States, orchestrating the deadliest attack on American soil, the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon made bin Laden America’s number one enemy, but these would never have occurred without his right-hand man.
Bin Laden provided al Qaeda with charisma and money, but al-Zawahri brought the tactical skills and organizational skills needed to create militants in a network of cells in countries around the world.