US warns of possible retaliation after Al Qaeda chief’s death

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Al-Zawahiri was one of the masterminds behind the September 11, 2001 attacks

New York:

The US State Department has issued a global warning following the death of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that most wanted terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Kabul, adding that “justice has been delivered”.

“On July 31, 2022, the United States carried out a precision counter-terrorism attack in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor to al-Qaeda leader.

Al-Zawahiri was one of the masterminds behind the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack the United States,” the United States Department of State said on Tuesday (local time). .

“After al-Zawahiri’s death, supporters of al-Qaeda, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may attempt to attack U.S. facilities, personnel or civilians. Since terrorist attacks often occur without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad,” it said.

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Zawahiri was one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and a mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks was killed Saturday in a US drone strike in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon, was heavily involved in the planning of 9/11 and also acted as Osama Bin Laden’s personal physician.

The attack was carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was carried out by an Air Force drone. An official claimed that al-Zawahiri was the only person killed in the strike and that none of his family members were injured.

Meanwhile, the Taliban confirmed Zawahiri’s assassination and condemned the United States’ drone attack in Kabul over the weekend.

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In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a strike was taking place at a residence in the capital, calling it a violation of “international principles”.

According to Tolo News, a loud explosion reverberated through Kabul early Sunday morning.

“A house was hit by a missile in Sherpoor. There were no casualties because the house was empty,” Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, had previously claimed.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Taliban had grossly violated the Doha Agreement by harboring and providing shelter to the Al Qaeda chief.

“By housing and providing shelter to the leader of Al Qaeda in Kabul, the Taliban have grossly violated the Doha Agreement and have repeatedly assured the world that they would not allow terrorists to use Afghan territory to endangering the security of other countries,” said Blinken. said in a statement.

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The US and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in February 2020 under the presidency of former US President Donald Trump. The deal stated that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghan soil and the Taliban would reduce violence and ensure that their soil would not be a safe haven for terrorists.

In the statement, Blinken said the Taliban have also betrayed the Afghan people and their own declared desire for recognition by the international community and normalization of ties.

Zawahiri’s targeted assassination comes a year after the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has added a “deceased” caption to its website under the profile picture of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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