Pres. Biden announces top Al-Qaeda leader killed in drone strike | LiveNOW from FOX
Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri, Usama bin Laden's successor, was killed in a CIA drone strike. The United States killed the leader of al Qaeda, Ayman Al Zawahri in a "successful" counterterrorism operation in Afghanistan over the weekend that senior Biden administration officials say "deals a significant blow" to the terror network and degrades its ability to operate, including against the U.S. homeland. The United States government, on July 30 at 9:48 p.m. ET, and 6:18 a.m. Kabul time, undertook a "precision counterterrorism operation," killing Al Zawahiri, who served as Usama bin Laden’s deputy during the 9/11 attacks, and as his successor in 2011, following bin Laden’s death. "Al Zawahiri continued to pose an active threat to U.S. persons, interests, and national security," a senior administration official said Monday. The official explained that the U.S. government has "multiple intelligence sources via multiple methods that had enabled us to confirm that this was Zawahiri, and that we were successful in achieving our objective."