Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in a CIA drone strike in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda leader Zawahiri killed in CIA drone strike, U.S. officials say.
The U.S. killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, along with the group’s founder, Osama, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter · bin Laden oversaw the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The pair fled U.S. troops in Afghanistan in late 2001, and Zawahiri’s whereabouts have long been a mystery. In 2011, bin Laden was killed in a US military attack on Pakistan.
The Associated Press first reported that Zawahiri was killed.
It is unclear when and where al-Zawahiri died or which part of the U.S. government carried out the mission. The White House said on Monday that President Biden would make remarks in the evening about a “successful counterterrorism operation” without mentioning Zawahiri.
This is an evolving story and will be updated. Ellen Nakashima and Devlin Barrett contributed to this report.