“Justice has been served, and this terrorist leader is gone.” US President Joe Biden announced on Monday August 1 that the leader of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was killed in an airstrike in Kabul (Afghanistan). His death “allow the families of the victims of September 11″ turning the page, he added during a televised speech. Ayman Al-Zawahiri is actually considered the mastermind of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in the United States.
I spoke to the nation about a successful counter-terrorism operation. https://t.co/SgTVaszA3s
– President Biden (@POTUS) August 1, 2022
Ayman al-Zawahiri was found “back and forth and for a long time on the balcony where he finally hit” by the strike in the capital of Afghanistan, added a senior American official quoted by AFP. The operation, which took place over the weekend, did not “no civilian casualties”said Joe Biden during his speech. “No matter how long, no matter where you hide, if you pose a threat to our people, the United States will find you and eliminate you”hammered by the American president.
Born in 1951 in a bourgeois family, near Cairo (Egypt), Ayman Al-Zawahiri, easily recognizable by his forehead bump and his big glasses, joined the Muslim Brotherhood at the age of 15. . Involved in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anouar Al-Sadat, he was imprisoned for three years before joining Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in the mid-1980s, where he treated jihadists fighting in Soviets and met Osama bin Laden.
Long leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (JIE), he only joined Al-Qaeda at the end of 1990. Ayman Al-Zawhiri, since then, is one of the main personalities of the jihadist nebula. In 1998, he became Osama bin Laden’s deputy, but also his doctor, before logically taking over in 2011, when the latter was killed by an American commando in Pakistan. Ayman Al-Zawahiri especially theorized the rise of jihadist franchises according to the allegations of the circumstances, from the Arabian Peninsula to the Maghreb, from Somalia to Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.
The State Department is offering up to $25 million (in English) reward for any information leading to the arrest or conviction of the Al-Qaeda leader, who has been missing for more than ten years. At the end of 2020, sources previously gave credence to rumors that he died of heart disease, but he reappeared in a video. In June 2021, a United Nations committee estimated in a report (in English) that he “somewhere in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan”.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahif said on Twitter that a “air strike” was carried out by an American drone in a house in the Sherpour district of Kabul (Afghanistan). “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns this attack”he added, calling the strike a “clear violation of the principles of the international agreement of Doha”signed at the end of February 2020 between the United States and the Taliban.
“There are no American personnel on the ground in Kabul”said a senior American official quoted by AFP, adding that the very presence of Ayman Al-Zawahiri in the Afghan capital was a “clear violation” Doha agreements.
This announcement by Joe Biden comes almost a year after the chaotic withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, which allowed the Taliban to regain control of the country, twenty years ago. The Al-Qaeda group has lost its number 2, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, killed in August 2020 in the streets of Tehran (Iran) by Israeli agents during a secret mission sponsored by Washington, information that revealed during the New York Times(in English).
In mid-July, the United States announced that it had killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, Maher Al-Agal, during a drone strike. This operation, according to a spokesman for the US Army, has “Significantly weakened IS’s ability to prepare, finance and conduct its operations in the region”.