U.S. drone strike kills Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan

Zawahri was the most wanted man in terrorism for years and a major support figure to his predecessor, Osama bin-Laden, whom U.S. forces killed in 2011

Updated: August 1, 2022 - 8:51pm

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President Joe Biden announced a major win in the war on terror as multiple reports confirmed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed by a drone strike.

In a primetime press conference, the president confirmed Zawahri's death, highlighting the terrorist leader's record orchestrating attacks on the United States, including both the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole and the 2001 September 11 Attacks.

"Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more," Biden said. "The United states continues to demonstrate our resolve and our capacity to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm."

"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 continued.

Zawahri was the most wanted man in terrorism for years and a major support figure to his predecessor, Osama bin-Laden, whom U.S. forces killed in 2011.

The infamous terror group has witnessed a resurgence following the success of the Taliban regime in ousting the U.S.-installed democracy in Aug. 2021. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 after the Taliban refused to hand over bin-Laden, who orchestrated the September 11 terrorist attacks against the country.

In mid-July, the State Department earned scorn for its refusal to support "violent opposition toward the Taliban government."