Rep. Mike Waltz wonders why bin Laden’s successor was in Kabul after one of Al Qaeda’s leaders was killed.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! According to Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., a former Special Forces soldier who served in Afghanistan, information surrounding the U.S. death of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri raises additional concerns.

President Biden declared Monday night that Zawahiri was killed by the United States after a weekend drone operation in Afghanistan. After Usama bin Laden was slain, Zawahri became command of al Qaeda.

First, what was al-commander Qaeda’s doing in Kabul? Waltz enquired. “He’s been there for a while, according to what I’m hearing from a variety of people, both in Afghanistan and in the intelligence community. What then did the Taliban assure him of?”

The Florida Republican asked, “Why did he feel so comfortable to really be out in the open? Zawahri had been in hiding for years.

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri speaks on the 11th anniversary of Usama bin Laden's death.

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 Qaeda was no longer present in Afghanistan, according to Biden, who was justifying his decision to withdraw American soldiers from the country.

In August 2021, the president declared, “We went to Afghanistan for the sole aim of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, as well as as well as getting Osama bin Laden.” In fact, we did.

In a Monday night speech at the White House, Biden stated: “The United States continues to show its willingness and ability to protect its citizens from those who would harm them. You know, we want to be clear once more that if you pose a threat to our citizens, the United States will find you and eliminate you, regardless of how long it takes or where you hide.”

Waltz praised the strike as well.
He told Fox News, “This is really a tremendous day for peace, for freedom, and for stability around the world.”
Waltz, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, questioned whether the Taliban were informed in advance of the attack.
Fox News interview with Republican Florida Representative Mike Waltz, img2. The Fox News

Did we warn them that it might leak and he might escape? Waltz queried. On the other side, failing to inform the Taliban would jeopardize the tenuous alliance that the Biden administration has built.

In a tweet, the Taliban condemned the attack mentioned that a house was hit by the attack.
Zawahri is regarded as a prominent conspirator and acted as bin Laden’s deputy during the 9/11 attacks.
A senior administration official declared on Monday that Zawahri “continued to represent an active threat to U.S. persons, interests, and national security.”

Usama bin Laden, left, and al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

Ayman al-Zawahri, the head of al Qaeda, and Usama bin Laden. (Hamid Mir, Editor, Daily Dawn, Ausaf Newspaper, Handout via REUTERS/File Photo)

According to Waltz, it’s unclear how Zawahri’s passing would impact al Qaeda’s operations.

Many people, according to Waltz, “didn’t think {Zawahri} had much of an operational involvement.” We should be cognizant that terrorism is unquestionably still a threat, I believe.

He continued, “We have to maintain putting pressure on these terrorist groups. While I obviously welcome the effectiveness of this strike, it also means that we must continue to remain watchful and not start lowering our guard just because these two have been killed.

Tampa, Florida-based Fox Digital Originals reporter Matt Leach.

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