The United States has killed al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, according to US media outlets, in what the White House announced Monday was a “successful” operation against a target in Afghanistan.
The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN were among the outlets reporting the identity of the target, citing unnamed sources. President Joe Biden was due to deliver a televised address on the operation later on Monday.
Zawahiri took over al-Qaeda in 2011 after the US military killed Osama bin Laden. He was convicted as the mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks in which nearly 3,000 civilians were killed and has been absconding since then.
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