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According to several sources, the United States killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike.

Zawahiri, who had just turned 71, had remained a visible international symbol for the group 11 years after the United States killed Osama bin Laden. He was once bin Laden’s personal physician.

Death Confirmed

The US government has yet to confirm his death. President Joe Biden will speak at 7:30 p.m. ET on a “successful counter-terrorism operation” against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the White House announced on Monday.
“Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a key al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was a success and there were no civilian casualties,” a senior government official said.
Biden, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday while treating a rebound case of the virus, will speak outside from the Blue Room balcony of the White House.
The US State Department has offered a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to Zawahiri’s arrest.

A June 2021 UN report said it was somewhere in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region and may be too fragile to mention in propaganda.

According to The New York Times, Zawahiri comes from a respected Egyptian family. His grandfather, Rabia’a ​​al-Zawahiri, was an imam at al-Azhar University in Cairo. His great-uncle Abdel Rahman Azzam was the first secretary of the Arab League.

He helped lead the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil when hijackers turned American planes into missiles.
“Those 19 brothers who went out and gave their souls to Almighty Allah, Almighty God granted them this victory which we now enjoy,” al-Zawahiri said in a video message posted in April 2002.
It was the first of many derisive messages the terrorist – who became leader of al-Qaeda after bin Laden was assassinated by US forces in 2011 – would send over the years urging militants to stop fighting the America, and he reprimanded American leaders.

Zawahiri was on the move when the US invasion of Afghanistan began following the September 11, 2001 attacks. On one occasion, he narrowly escaped a US attack in Afghanistan’s rugged mountainous Tora Bora region, a attack that killed his wife and children.

He made his public debut as a Muslim activist while in prison for his role in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981.

“We want to talk to the whole world. Who are we? Who are we?” he said in a prison interview.
By this time, al-Zawahiri, a young doctor, was already a convinced terrorist who for years had conspired to overthrow the Egyptian government and attempted to replace it with the fundamentalist Islamic government. He proudly supported the assassination of Sadat after the Egyptian leader made peace with Israel.

After Sadat’s murder

He spent three years in prison and claimed to have been tortured while in custody. After his release, he traveled to Pakistan, where he treated wounded mujahideen fighters fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

It was then that he met Bin Laden and found common ground.

“We are working with brother bin Laden,” he said in announcing in May 1998 the merger of his terrorist group, the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, with al-Qaeda. “We have known him for more than 10 years. We fought with him here in Afghanistan. »

Together, the two terrorists signed a fatwa, or declaration: “The verdict to kill and fight the Americans and their allies, whether civilian or military, is the obligation of every Muslim”.

Attacks on the United States and its institutions began weeks later with the suicide bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than 200 people and wounding more than 5,000. Zawahiri and bin Laden rejoiced after escaping a US cruise missile strike in Afghanistan launched in retaliation.

Then there was the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, when suicide bombers on an inflatable boat blew up their boat, killing 17 American sailors and injuring 39 others.

The culmination of Zawahiri’s terrorist plans came on September 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon’s twin towers. A fourth hijacked airliner en route to Washington crashed into a field in Pennsylvania,