The Taliban said on Thursday they had no knowledge of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s presence in Afghanistan, two days after US President Joe Biden announced the killing of the al-Qaeda chief in a drone strike in Kabul.
“The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has directed intelligence agencies to conduct a comprehensive and serious investigation,” an official statement said. The first mention of the Taliban since Biden’s announcement is of Zawahiri’s name.
The killing of Zawahiri is the biggest blow to al-Qaeda since US special forces killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, and calls into question the Taliban’s promise not to harbor terrorist groups.
The Taliban reiterated in their statement on Thursday that there is no threat to any country from the soil of Afghanistan.
Announcing Zawahiri’s death on Tuesday, Biden declared that “justice had been served” to the families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks on America.
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