Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death: US warns US citizens, issues ‘worldwide’ alert on possible Al Qaeda-led attacks

New York: The US State Department has issued a worldwide alert following the death of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a precision drone strike in Kabul. President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that most wanted terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Kabul and said “justice has been served.” “On July 31, […]
 


Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death: US warns US citizens, issues ‘worldwide’ alert on possible Al Qaeda-led attacks

New York: The US State Department has issued a worldwide alert following the death of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a precision drone strike in Kabul. President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that most wanted terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Kabul and said “justice has been served.”

“On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precise counter-terrorism attack in Afghanistan, killing Ayman al-Zawahiri, the deputy and successor of Osama bin Laden as the leader of al-Qaeda. Al-Zawahiri was one of them. He was the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, and continues to urge his followers to attack the United States,” the US State Department warned on Tuesday (local time).

“Following the death of al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda supporters, or terrorist organizations affiliated with it, may attempt to attack US facilities, personnel, or civilians. As terrorist attacks often occur without warning, US citizens are strongly encouraged to keep up. Practice a high level of alertness and good situational awareness while traveling abroad,” it further said.

 

 

Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks, was killed on Saturday in a US drone strike in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon, was deeply involved in the 9/11 plan and also served as Osama bin Laden’s personal physician.

The attack was carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and carried out by Air Force drones. 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 the killing of Zawahiri and condemned the United States drone strike in Kabul over the weekend. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that a residence in the capital was attacked and called it a violation of “international principles”.

According to Tolo News, a loud explosion occurred in Kabul in the early hours of Sunday. Interior ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Taqor had earlier claimed, “A house in Sherpur was hit by a rocket. There were no casualties as the house was empty.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Taliban had violated the Doha Agreement by hosting and sheltering the al-Qaeda chief. “By hosting and sheltering the leader of al Qaeda in Kabul, the Taliban grossly violate the Doha Agreement and have repeatedly assured the world that they will not allow Afghan territory to be used by terrorists to jeopardize the security of other countries. ,” Blinken said in a statement.

The US and the Taliban signed a peace deal in February 2020 under the chairmanship of former US President Donald Trump. In the deal, the withdrawal of American troops from Afghan soil and the Taliban will reduce violence and guarantee that its soil will not be a safe haven for terrorists.

Blinken said in the statement that the Taliban had betrayed the Afghan people and the international community as well as their own desire to normalize and normalize relations. Zawahiri’s targeted killing comes a year after US forces withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) added a “deceased” caption under the profile image of al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri to its website.