Al-Zawahiri was killed in a US drone strike on a house in Kabul, Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden officially announced that Zawahiri would be executed.
The search for al-Zawahiri had been going on for a long time.
New Delhi. The United States used the airspace of Afghanistan’s ally Pakistan, during its covert operation to kill al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. A top intelligence source gave this exclusive information to News18. Let us tell you that al-Zawahiri played a key role in the 9/11 attacks and later formed an organization associated with his group near Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan in the Indian subcontinent.
The source confirmed that the US drone had taken off from a friendly Middle Eastern country, possibly the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and entered the Afghan border using Pakistan’s airspace. A US drone fired two missiles at Zawahiri as he stood on the balcony of his secure home in Kabul. Other members of Zawahiri’s family were also present, but only the terrorist mastermind was killed in the mission.
The US had earlier given this notice to Pakistan for airspace clearance and drone passes. However, Pakistan probably did not know who the US target was, the source said. The search for al-Zawahiri had been going on for a long time. Following the terrorist attacks in September, then-President George Bush released the FBI’s list of 22 wanted terrorists, with former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at the top of Zawahiri’s name.
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Al-Zawahiri was killed by two Hellfire missiles from a CIA-operated drone while he was on the balcony of a house in Kabul. He was living here with his family. According to US officials briefing reporters, no family members or other civilians were injured or killed in the attack. US President Joe Biden said in an address to the nation and perhaps the world that US intelligence agencies tracked down the al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan earlier this year and a week earlier to kill al-Zawahiri on July 25 An operation was started. was advanced.
Al-Zawahiri’s role in these attacks
Al-Zawahiri, along with Osama bin Laden, played a key role in the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001. About 3000 people were killed in this attack. Bin Laden was killed by the US in 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Born in Egypt, Al-Zawahiri took training to become a doctor. The US had also given a reward of 2.5 million US dollars to the person giving information about him. He was wanted in connection with the 1998 US embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, as well as the 2000 attack on the USS Kol in Yemen. The embassy bombings killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and injured more than 4,500. 17 American sailors were killed in the attack on the USS Cole.
Tags: Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States of america
First published: August 02, 2022, 18:08 IST