Biden will address the nation at 7:30 tonight on successful counterterrorism raid

CIA drone strike kills Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri – bin Laden’s number two – in Kabul: Biden to address nation at 19:30 from White House balcony

  • President Joe Biden will address the nation Monday night about a successful counterterrorism operation regarding al Qaeda 
  • A U.S. strike this week weekend in Afghanistan killed top leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the Associated Press reported
  • Al-Zawhri was Osama bin Laden’s number two 
  • Biden, who remains in isolation after a rebound case of covid, will make the address from the first floor balcony off the blue room of the White House 
  • Remarks will take place at 7:30 pm ET 
  • ‘Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan,’ a senior official said
  • ‘The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties,’ the senior administration official noted

President Joe Biden will address the nation Monday night about a successful counterterrorism operation regarding al Qaeda, the White House announced.

A U.S. strike this week weekend in Afghanistan killed top leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the Associated Press reported. 

The drone strike was carried out by the CIA in Kabul on Sunday, Reuters noted.

Biden, who remains in isolation after a rebound case of covid, will make the address from the first floor balcony off the blue room of the White House at 7:30 pm ET.

‘Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties,’ a senior administration official said.

President Joe Biden will address the nation Monday night about a successful counterterrorism operation regarding al Qaeda

President Joe Biden will address the nation Monday night about a successful counterterrorism operation regarding al Qaeda

Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in an April video in which he denounced the ‘enemies of Islam’ after a school in India banned the hijab

Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in an April video in which he denounced the ‘enemies of Islam’ after a school in India banned the hijab

Al-Zawahiri was Bin Laden's No 2 in Al-Qaeda, the radical jihadist network once led by the Saudi millionaire. The two are seen above in this September 2006 file photo

Al-Zawahiri was Bin Laden’s No 2 in Al-Qaeda, the radical jihadist network once led by the Saudi millionaire. The two are seen above in this September 2006 file photo

In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that a strike took place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of ‘international principles.’ 

Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, was on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list. There was a $25 million reward for information leading directly to him.

Al-Zawahiri, 71, has been indicted for his alleged role in the August 7, 1998, bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. 

He appeared in a new video in April, where he denounced the ‘enemies of Islam.’

He appeared after a school in India banned the wearing of the hijab. 

Al-Zawahiri, who took over al-Qaeda after Bin Laden’s death in 2011, also decried France, Holland, and Switzerland, as well as Egypt and Morocco, as ‘enemies of Islam’ for their anti-hijab policies. 

Before April, Al-Zawahiri last appeared in a video last year marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, months after rumours spread that he was dead.

In that video, he proclaimed ‘Jerusalem will never be Judaized’ and praised al-Qaeda attacks – including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January 2021. SITE said al-Zawahiri also noted the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan 20 years after the invasion.

He was born in Egypt in 1951 and worked as a surgeon. He moved to Jeddah in the 1980s, where he met bin Laden. He became his personal advisor and physician.

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