On Monday, United States President Joe Biden announced al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. Saying it delivered justice and hopefully "one more measure of closure" to families of September 11, 2001 victims.
The mission was carried out on Sunday after Biden approved of the operation last week after intelligence officials track al-Zawahri to his home in downtown Kabul where he was hiding with his family. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was responsible for carrying out the strike.
Biden commented, "He will never again, never again, allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist safe haven because he [al-Zawahri] is gone and we’re going to make sure that nothing else happens."
The house where al-Zawahri was said to be hiding was owned by a top aide to senior Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, according to a senior intelligence official. The official said a CIA ground tea and aerial reconnaissance confirmed al-Zawahri was killed.
According to the official, only al-Zawahri was believed to have been killed in the drone strike, explaining why the operation took days to carry out after being authorized last week. In the past, the United States has received critique for collateral damage (innocent lives lost) during drone strikes.