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Al-Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahiri Killed in CIA Drone Strike

Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda and one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists who oversaw the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, alongside the group’s founder, Osama bin Laden, was killed on Sunday, July 31, in a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan, US President Joe Biden announced on Monday.

US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Zawahiri was killed when he came out on the balcony of his safe house in Kabul on Sunday morning and was hit by "hellfire" missiles from a US drone.

"Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more," Biden said in remarks from the White House. "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."

He said he had authorized the precision strike in downtown Kabul and that no civilians were killed. US intelligence determined with "high confidence" that the man killed was Zawahiri, a senior administration official told reporters. No other casualties occurred. (JPost / VFI News)