Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by U.S. forces in a strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, delivering a long-sought blow to the terrorist network.
President Joe Biden announced during a national address on Monday evening that he had ordered a U.S. airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed al-Zawahiri. He was an early mentor to former Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. forces while hiding in Pakistan in 2011. Al-Zawahiri had been running Al-Qaeda since.
In his speech, Biden said al-Zawahiri was “deeply involved” in the September 11, 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens, and masterminded the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors and wounded dozens more.
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