The President of the United States, Joseph Biden, confirmed in his speech that the CIA killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone attack, stating that „justice has been served“.
„I authorized a precision strike that removed him from the battlefield once and for all,“ Biden said in an address from the White House.
Zawahiri, who just turned 71, was the organization’s international symbol for 11 years, and after the US killed the previous leader, Osama bin Laden.
„Now justice has been served and this terrorist leader is gone. People around the world no longer have to fear a vicious and determined killer,“ said Biden.
He stated that Zawahiri was deeply involved in the planning of September 11 and that he was one of the most responsible for those attacks in which 2,977 people were killed on American soil, stating that he „has been the mastermind of attacks against Americans for decades“.
„The United States continues to demonstrate the resolve and ability to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm. Tonight we make it clear again that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, The United States will find you,“ he said.
He also expressed gratitude to the American intelligence services and anti-terrorist units.
„To those who continue to seek to harm the United States, hear me now: We will always remain vigilant and we will act — and we will always do what is necessary to ensure the safety and security of Americans at home and around the world,“ Biden concluded. .