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US strike kills top al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to announce Monday evening that a U.S. counterterrorism operation over the weekend in Afghanistan killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

A senior administration official says there were no civilian casualties in the counterterrorism operation that killed al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as leader of al-Qaeda in 2011 .

Ayman al-Zawahiri, then deputy leader of al-Qaeda, gestures as he addresses the camera, January 30, 2006.Al-Jazeera via AP File

Biden will comment on the operation at the White House at 7:30 p.m. ET, according to the senior administration official.

The Associated Press first reported that al-Zawahiri was killed in the operation.


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