WASHINGTON– According to five people familiar with the matter, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawari has been killed in a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan.
Current and former officials began hearing Sunday afternoon that al-Zawari had been killed in a drone strike, but the government delayed releasing the information until his death could be confirmed, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.
White House officials declined to confirm al-Zawari’s death, but did note in a statement that the United States had conducted a “successful” counterterrorism operation against a key al-Qaeda target, adding added that “there were no civilian casualties”.
President Joe Biden is expected to discuss further details of the operation in a 7:30 p.m. EDT address to the nation.
Biden planned to speak from the White House Blue Room balcony as he remains isolated at the residence while he continues to test positive for COVID-19.
On August 31, 2021, after the last US troops left Afghanistan, Biden said the US would not relax in its fight against terrorism in that country or anywhere else.
“We will continue the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries,” he said. “We just don’t have to fight a ground war for that.” Referring to the attack, which would take place 11 months later, Biden said at the time: “We have so-called over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can target terrorists and targets without American boots.” can attack on the ground – or very few if necessary. “
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