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U.S. strike kills top al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri | USA Today


A U.S. strike in Afghanistan over the weekend killed top al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the Associated Press reported Monday.

The White House did not immediately confirm the strike. But President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks Monday night to announce a successful counterterrorism operation against a “significant” al-Qaida target in Afghanistan.

Over the weekend, the United States conducted “a counterterrorism operation against a significant” al-Qaida target in Afghanistan,” an administration official said. “The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties.”

The announcement comes nearly one year after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war amid the Taliban’s return to power.

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