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Barack Obama talks about the assassination of the leader of Al-Qaeda

al-Zawahiri was killed in a US-led drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul.

New Delhi:

Former US President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the assassination of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

al-Zawahiri was killed in a US-led drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Obama said the murder is proof that it is possible to fight terrorism without going to war in Afghanistan.

“More than 20 years after 9/11, one of the masterminds behind this terrorist attack and Osama bin Laden’s successor as head of al-Qaeda – Ayman al-Zawahiri – has finally been brought to justice,” he said. Obama said.

“It is a tribute to the leadership of President Biden, to the members of the intelligence community who have worked for this moment for decades, and to the counterterrorism professionals who were able to eliminate al-Zawahiri without a single civilian casualty.

“Tonight’s news is also proof that it is possible to eradicate terrorism without being at war in Afghanistan. And I hope it brings some peace to the families of 9/11 and all those who suffered in the hands of al-Qaeda,” added the former US president.

President Joe Biden announced al-Zawahiri’s killing Monday in a televised address.

“Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said.

“The United States continues to demonstrate our resolve and ability to defend the American people against those who seek to harm us. Tonight we have said clearly: No matter how long it takes. No matter where you try to Hide you. We’ll find you,” Biden tweeted later.

al-Zawahiri was one of five signatories to Osama bin Laden’s 1998 “fatwa” calling for attacks on Americans. He was one of Al-Qaeda’s top strategists who also served as bin Laden’s personal physician.


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