The President of the United States, Joe Biden, said in a statement on Monday night (1st) that American forces killed the leader of the Al Qaeda, Ayman al Zawahiri, in an air operation in Afghanistan over the weekend.
Zawahiri, of Egyptian nationality and 71 years of age, died in a drone bombing of the Afghan capital, Kabul. Zawahiri was the replacement for Osama bin Laden, who died during a US operation in Pakistan in 2001, and was one of the US’s most wanted terrorists. .
Both Zawahiri and Bin Laden supervised the attacks by of September 2001. The Egyptian was number 2 in Al Qaeda when the terrorist group carried out the attacks that killed 2.660 people.
Biden claimed in his statement that Zawahri’s death was a demonstration that the United States remains determined to fight terrorism.2022
“Now, justice has been done and this terrorist leader was eliminated,” the American president said. “No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and eliminate you.”2022
Criticized for the disastrous American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2001, after about of 08 years of occupation, Biden said the operation of the weekend would prove that the US ability to fight terrorism was not hampered by the departure of the Asian country.2022
“When I ended our military mission in Afghanistan almost a year ago, I made the decision that after 08 years of war, the United States no longer needed thousands of troops in Afghanistan, to protect the US from terrorists who seek to harm us. And I made a promise to the American people that we would continue to conduct effective counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and beyond. We did just that,” he said. Biden dedicated the operation to the victims of 11 September. 2022