Ayman al-Zawahri was successfully targeted in a successful precision attack by President Joe Biden in Kabul, Afghanistan.
NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Read this article. The CIA spent months establishing Ayman al-“pattern Zawahri’s of living” at his safe residence in an upscale Kabul area. During that time, they noted that he frequently sat alone on his balcony in the morning.
Years after serving as Usama bin Laden’s deputy during the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence officers tracked down al-Zawahri. Additionally, he succeeded bin Laden after the terrorist was eliminated by a Navy SEAL squad in 2011.
Al-Zawahri was recognized by the government “several times for sustained lengths of time on the balcony, where he was finally attacked,” according to a senior Biden administration official. President Biden stated that only he was dead.
In a statement on Monday, Biden claimed that on July 25, he “approved a precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield once and for all.”
Al Qaeda’s then-second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahri is shown in a frame taken from a videotape that was broadcast in 2006 on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television network. The location and time of the event are not mentioned. (Getty Images/AFP) )
The potential to kill the terrorist while reducing the risk to his family, who CIA officers knew also lived in the residence, was ideal because the terrorist frequently stepped out onto the balcony in the early morning hours and he was never alone.
Al-Zawahri appeared to never leave the home, where his wife, daughter, and grandchildren also reportedly resided, according to U.S. surveillance.
shows Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of al Qaeda, and Usama bin Laden seated side by side. (Hamid Mir, Editor, Daily Dawn, Ausaf Newspaper, Handout via REUTERS/File Photo)
When officials informed Biden of al-location, Zawahris’s he instructed them to take every precaution to reduce the likelihood of killing any of his family members or other civilians.
On the eleventh anniversary of Usama bin Laden’s passing, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri gives a speech. (AP Photo/File: Mazhar Ali Khan)
Al-Zawahri was killed in a “successful” counterterrorism operation last Saturday at 6:18 a.m. in Kabul, according to a statement made by Biden on Monday.
Since bin Laden’s death in 2011, al-Zawahri, according to him, “organized al Qaeda’s branches all over the world,” defining priorities for “offering operational directions that call for and motivate attacks against U.S. targets.”
He had posted violent films in recent weeks, urging supporters to “fight the United States and our allies.”
Bret Baier, Peter Doocey, and Brooke Singman of Fox News all contributed to this story.