US strike kills Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri

Ayman al-Zawahri was al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man and helped plan the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, then succeeded him after the latter’s death in a U.S. raid in 2011.

The United States conducted a drone strike that killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan over the weekend, a source familiar with the operation confirmed to The Hill.


President Biden is expected to speak about the operation in an address Monday evening. The White House said the president would deliver remarks on a “successful counterterrorism operation” from the balcony of the Blue Room at the White House.