Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri killed in US drone strike

Saudi Arabia welcomed the US announcement of the death of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports that the statement came shortly after the president Joe Biden announced that the United States had killed one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and one of the masterminds of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

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The Saudi Foreign Ministry said Zawahiri was “considered one of the terrorist leaders who led the planning and execution of heinous terrorist operations in the United States, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries of the world”.

“Thousands of innocent people of different nationalities and religions, including Saudi citizens, have been killed.”

“The government of the Kingdom stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and concerted international efforts to combat and eradicate terrorism, calling on all countries to cooperate within this framework to protect innocent people from terrorist organizations,” the statement said.

In a televised address, Biden said he gave the final green light to the high-precision strike that successfully targeted Zawahiri in the Afghan capital, Kabul, over the weekend.

“Justice has been served, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said, adding that he hoped Zawahiri’s death would bring “closure” to the families of the 3,000 people killed in the United States on 9/11. .

A senior administration official said Zawahiri was on the balcony of a house in Kabul when he was targeted by two Hellfire missiles an hour after sunrise on July 31 and there was no had no American boots on the ground in Afghanistan.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who grew up in a comfortable Cairo home before turning to violent radicalism, had been on the run for 20 years since the September 11 attacks.

He took control of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011 and had a US$25 million bounty on his head.

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