Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahri (September 4, 2014)
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US President Joe Biden has according to White House announcement soon to talk about the successful counter-terrorist operation against an al-Qaeda target that the US conducted in Afghanistan over the weekend. The White House said there were no civilian casualties.
The AP agency, citing unnamed sources, writes that on Sunday afternoon, rumors began among current and former US officials that Zawahri was killed in a drone attack, but the Biden administration will officially announce this when the death of the head of the terrorist group can be definitively confirmed.
Citing an unnamed official, Reuters reports that the CIA carried out a drone strike on Sunday in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Taliban government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the air strike and strongly condemned it, saying it violated “international principles,” according to Reuters.
In a speech on August 31, 2021, after the last US troops had left Afghanistan, Biden said the United States would not relent in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan or elsewhere. “We will continue to fight terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries,” said the head of the White House. “It’s just that we don’t need to wage a ground war,” he added.