Joe Biden makes an announcement in a White House address on Monday evening.
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, who took over command of the terrorist organization after the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011, was killed by a U.S. drone strike in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday night.
Joe Biden’s Words On The Death Of al-Zawahri
President Joe Biden stated:
“He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats and American interests,” Biden said, describing the Egyptian-born Muslim fundamentalist, who was a surgeon by training, as a “vicious and determined killer” who had been intimately involved in planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Al-Zawahri was one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted terrorists. His demise came courtesy of a CIA drone, which fired two Hellfire missiles at the balcony of a Taliban-operated safe house where the al-Qaida leader and his family were staying.
“Now, justice has been delivered,” Biden said in his remarks. “And this terrorist leader is no more.” Nobody else is believed to have died in the strike.
A senior administration official said that the president was first briefed on intelligence relating to al-Zawahri’s whereabouts on July 1. The official described Biden as “immersed in intelligence,” wanting to know about the layout of the safe house, the impact of a strike on other residents and on civilians living nearby. Administration attorneys, meanwhile, determined that al-Zawahri was a “lawful target.”