The US killed top al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, in a major blow to the terrorist organization.
Al-Zawahiri oversaw the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001 that killed 2,977 people – along with Osama bin-Laden, who was killed by the US in Pakistan in 2011.
Al-Zawahiri is Egyptian by birth. He had trained to become a doctor. There was a reward of US$25 million for providing information about him. The US also blamed him for the 1998 bombings of its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and its naval ship USS Cole in 2000.
He also has a long history of intimidating India. Last April, she praised an Indian student who stood up against efforts to stop Muslim women from wearing the hijab. He called the abrogation of Article 370 from Kashmir a ‘slam’ for Muslims.
Al-Zawahiri was killed by two Hellfire missiles from a CIA-operated drone while he was on the balcony of a house in Kabul where he was staying with his family. According to US officials briefing journalists, no family members or other civilians were injured or killed in the attack.
President Joe Biden said in an address to the nation and perhaps the world that US intelligence had tracked the Qaeda leader in Afghanistan at the beginning of the year and that he had stepped up operations to kill al-Zawahiri a week earlier on July 25 .
Al-Zawahiri’s most spectacular operation was against America, but India was also his target. In April, he came out in support of Muskan Khan, an Indian Muslim student who had stood up against those who tried to stop the wearing of the hijab in educational institutions.
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