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US operation killed al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahri


The White House is seen Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Washington. President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday, just over three days after being released from coronavirus isolation, the White House said, in a rare case of ‘rebound’ after treatment with an antiviral drug. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. airstrike killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Current and former officials began hearing Sunday afternoon that al-Zawahri had been killed in a drone strike, but the administration delayed releasing the information until his death could be confirmed, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. .

White House officials declined to confirm that al-Zawahri was killed, but noted in a statement that “the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a key al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was a success and there were no civilian casualties.

President Joe Biden is expected to discuss further details of the operation in a 7:30 p.m. EST speech to the nation.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was scheduled to address the nation Monday after what the White House called a “successful” counterterrorism operation against an al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan over the weekend.

The White House said there were no civilian casualties.

Biden planned to speak from the White House’s Blue Room balcony as he remains isolated in the residence as he continues to test positive for COVID-19.


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