President Joe Biden is expected to announce more details of the operation in an address to the nation on Monday afternoon.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of Al Qaeda, was killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan, reports AP citing a source familiar with the matter.
Last Sunday it was reported that al-Zawahiri had died in a drone attack, but the Biden Administration refrained from commenting on the news until the death was confirmed, the source said.
White House officials have refused to confirm the death of the leader of the terrorist group. Still, they said that “USA conducted a counter-terrorist operation against a major Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan,” and that the operation “was successful with no civilian casualties.”
President Joe Biden announces more details of the operation in an address to the nation on Monday afternoon.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, 71, took over Al Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011 and was on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list, which offered 25 million dollars for information leading to his location.
The whereabouts of the leader of the terrorist group had long been a mystery. Rumors have spread since the end of 2020 that he had died, but in recent months appeared in some videos criticizing the “enemies of Islam”.