Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US drone strike



Saudi Arabia welcomed the US announcement of the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that the statement came shortly after the president Joe Biden He announced that the United States had killed one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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The Saudi Foreign Ministry said that Al-Zawahiri “is considered one of the leaders of terrorism who led the planning and execution of heinous terrorist operations in the United States, Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries of the world.”

“Thousands of innocent people of different nationalities and religions were killed, including Saudi citizens.”

The statement said that the Kingdom’s government stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation and concerted international efforts to combat and eliminate terrorism, calling on all countries to cooperate in this framework to protect innocent people from terrorist organizations.

In a televised address, Biden said he gave the final green light for the high-precision strike that successfully targeted Zawahiri in the Afghan capital, Kabul, over the weekend.

“Justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no longer,” Biden said, adding that he hoped Zawahiri’s death would lead to a “closure” of the families of the 3,000 people killed in the United States on 9/11.

A senior administration official said that al-Zawahiri was on the balcony of a house in Kabul when he was targeted by two Hellfire missiles an hour after sunrise on July 31, and that there were no US soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan.

Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who grew up in a comfortable home in Cairo before turning to violent extremism, has been on the run for 20 years since the 9/11 attacks.

He took over the leadership of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011 and had a $25 million reward on his head.

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