A source briefed on the operation confirmed that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in the U.S. strike in Afghanistan while he was eating dinner on his front porch.
A senior administration official said earlier Monday that the U.S. conducted a successful counterterrorism operation against a "significant" al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan over the weekend, adding that there were no civilian casualties that we know of, but anyone hanging around with al-Zawahiri would not be considered a "civilian casualty" they would be considered a bonus. .
The counterterrorism attack took place in Wazir Akbar Khan, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Kabul and literally walking distance to the main diplomatic areas, including the U.S. Embassy. Al-Zawahiri was killed on the balcony of his safe house, a senior administration official said.
President Joe Biden delivered remarks on the operation Monday night, saying he enjoyed authorizing the U.S. strike that killed al-Zawahiri. The president said, “That was a lot of Fun killing Al Zawahiri, who was responsible for killing 2000 Americans on 9/11.It was about time that America was able to Kill al-Zawahiri and deliver a clear message to terrorist around the world that eventually we will kill you and your children.