Joe Biden ‘lied’ about terror after the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Republicans say the killing of al-Qaeda kingpin Ayman al-Zawahiri raises questions about whether President Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan gave the Taliban a free hand to allow the terrorist group to once again use the country as a base of operations.

Al-Zawahiri, who co-led the attacks of 9/11 with Osama bin Laden.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said al-Zawahiri may have gone but the threat of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan has not

“Contrary to what President Biden is saying tonight, our ability to combat the growing terrorist threat in Afghanistan is on the brink. Al-Qaeda training camps are being set up in Afghanistan like they were before 9/11 Senator said in a Twitter Post.

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Republicans argue that President Biden’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan has resumed Taliban activity.
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“As I said before, when the Biden administration pulled all of our forces out of Afghanistan, it was only a matter of time before the country became a safe haven for terrorism again,” Graham added.

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.), a former Green Beret who served in Afghanistan, wondered why al-Zawahiri felt safe enough to head to the city of more than 4 million people in the weeks leading up to his death walk.

​“Number one, what was the leader of Al Qaeda doing in Kabul?” he said on Fox News

President Joe Biden is meeting with his national security team on July 1, 2022 to discuss the counter-terrorism operation aimed at taking out al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Biden is meeting with his national security team on July 1, 2022 to discuss the counter-terrorism operation aimed at taking out al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
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“And from what I’m hearing from a number of people, both in Afghanistan and in the intelligence community, he’s been there for a while. So what did the Taliban promise him? Why did he feel so comfortable being really outdoors?”

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised the assassination of the terror leader, but added in a statement that al-Zawahiri’s death shows that “the American people of President Biden was lied to.

In this 1998 file photo made available on Friday, March 19, 2004, Ayman al-Zawari poses for a photo with Osama bin Laden, unseen at right, in Khost, Afghanistan.
Ayman al-Zawari was one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Senator Lindsey Graham accuses
Senator Lindsey Graham accused “al-Qaeda and the Taliban” of collaborating against the US.
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“Al Qaeda has not ‘disappeared’ from Afghanistan, as Biden falsely claimed a year ago,” McCaul said. Worse still, the head of al-Qaeda, who was one of the masterminds behind 9/11, was given a safe haven in the capital Kabul – just as al-Qaeda was given a safe haven there before 9/11. Our chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan opened the door for al Qaeda to operate freely inside the country to resume external operations against the United States and our allies.”

Al-Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda at the hands of SEAL Team Six in Pakistan after bin Laden’s death in 2011.

Al Zawahiri, who had a $25 million bounty on his head, not only helped plan the 9/11 attacks, but was also behind the 2000 USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors. and the attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring thousands more.

In this TV file, broadcast by the Arabic news channel Al-Jazeera on January 30, 2006, then-Deputy Leader of al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawari gestures while speaking to the camera.
US intelligence targeted Ayman al-Zawahiri following the death of Osama bin Laden.
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Osama bin Laden sits with his aide Ayman al-Zawari during a press interview November 10, 2001.
Osama bin Laden sits with his aide Ayman al-Zawari during a press interview November 10, 2001.
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In announcing the death of al-Zawahiri, Biden told Americans in a televised address: “Justice has been brought about and this terrorist leader no longer exists.”

“Now, tonight, we’re making it clear that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you’re hiding, if you pose a threat to our people, the United States will find you and take you out,” the president said.

Biden went on to say that the US “will never again allow Afghanistan to become a safe haven for terrorists because he’s gone.”

House where Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a Hellfire missile launched from a drone,
Al-Zawahiri was reportedly spotted on the balcony of a shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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US agents used an RX9 Hellfire missile to kill al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
US agents used an RX9 Hellfire missile to kill al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is believed to have been killed at this residence.
The al-Qaeda leader is said to have been killed in this residence.
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Leader of the House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), urged the Biden administration to brief Congress on the assassination of al-Zawahiri “to discuss the resurgence of al-Qaeda in the region following its disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.”

Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the attack on al-Zawahiri shows al-Qaeda remains a power in Afghanistan.

“When US troops withdrew from Afghanistan last year, President Biden claimed that al-Qaeda was gone from Afghanistan. This strike tells us otherwise.” Turner said in a statement.

Airborne Division paratroopers board the last plane departing Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2021.
Airborne Division paratroopers board the last plane departing Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 30, 2021.
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Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in the Shirpur district of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in the Shirpur district of Kabul, Afghanistan.
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“The United States has done justice to al-Zawahiri and the world has become safer as a result. The President must now turn his attention to the increasing threats in Afghanistan,” he continued.

Biden’s military withdrawal from Afghanistan a year ago this month was marked by scenes of chaos as Afghans flocked to Kabul airport in their thousands, trying to leave the country before the Taliban regained control.

In the confusion, on August 26, an ISIS-affiliated suicide bomber attacked the area surrounding the airport, killing 13 American service members and more than 160 Afghans.

Representative Michael Waltz, R-Fla.
MP Michael Waltz wants to know why al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Senator Lindsey Graham claims President Joe Biden has
Senator Lindsey Graham claims President Biden has “once again made Afghanistan a safe haven for terrorism.”
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The Air Force loadmaster, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, leads the Army's 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers as they board an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane as the last American soldiers prepare to Departing Afghanistan on August 30, 2021 at Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul, Afghanistan.
Republicans have previously blasted the Biden administration for allowing US soldiers to die during the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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“When I ended our military mission in Afghanistan nearly a year ago, I made the decision that after 20 years of war, the United States no longer needs thousands of ground forces in Afghanistan to protect America from terrorists who are trying to harm us,” he said biden

“And I have promised the American people that we will continue to conduct effective counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan and beyond. That’s exactly what we did.”

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