Osama bin Laden (L) sits with his adviser and purported successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (not pictured) in an image supplied by the respected Dawn newspaper November 10, 2001. Al Qaedas elusive leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, U.S. President Barack Obama said on May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY). (Foto: HO/Scanpix 2011)

President Joe Biden stated Monday that a US strike in Afghanistan over the weekend killed top Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The White House stated that no civilians were killed in the CIA drone operation.

“Justice has been delivered,” Biden declared.

Al-death Zawahiri’s removes the individual who shaped Al Qaeda more than anyone else, first as Osama bin Laden’s deputy from 1998, then as his successor. Together with bin Laden, he directed the jihadi movement’s weapons against the United States, carrying out the worst attack on American soil — the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackings.

Bin Laden became America’s No. 1 enemy after the World Trade Center and Pentagon assaults. But he probably couldn’t have done it without his subordinate. Bin Laden gave Al Qaeda with charisma and money, but al-Zawahiri brought the tactics and organizational abilities required to form militants into a global network of cells.

Their friendship was formed in the late 1980s, when al-Zawahiri allegedly treated Saudi millionaire bin Laden in the caves of Afghanistan while Soviet bombing rattled the mountains around them.

Zawahiri, who was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, had a $25 million bounty on his head for any information leading to his death or capture.

Source: Reuters


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