At 6:18 a.m. on Sunday, two hellfire missiles were launched by an unmanned U.S.drone, killing Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri as he stood on his balcony in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. This death is the biggest hit to Al Qaeda since Osama bin Laden, the terrorist group’s founder, was killed in 2011.

Zawahiri is a terrorist and was bin Laden’s primary physician who reportedly masterminded the 9/11 attacks. He has been referred to as “bin Laden’s brains.”

Osama bin Laden (left) with successor Ayman al-Zawahiri (right)

The terrorist took over Al Qaeda after bin Laden was killed in 2011. For more than three decades, he has plotted the murder of thousands of Americans. In a 1998 manifesto, Zawahiri indicated that taking the lives of Americans was his primary objective.

“To kill Americans and their allies – civilian and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in every country in which it is possible to do it,” he wrote.

Ayman al-Zawahiri giving a eulogy for Osama bin Ladin in 2011

An anonymous U.S. official who briefed reporters on the strike, provided details of this operation on Monday.

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Earlier this year, after closely monitoring Afghanistan for an Al Qaeda presence, intelligence officials identified Zawahiri and his family, who were residing in a safe house in Kabul. Over the next several months, intelligence officials watched the building and its occupants closely to observe the living patterns of the target.

A scale model of the safe house was built, and a “pattern of life” of the target was pieced together. It was quickly observed that Zawahiri frequently stepped out on his balcony in the early morning hours to watch the sun rise over the city.

Location of the drone strike in Kabul that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri

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The operation to kill Zawahiri was crafted with the intent to minimize the risk to civilians and Zawahiri’s family as much as possible.

On July 25, while quarantined with COVID, Joe Biden reportedly gave the “go-ahead” for the CIA to carry out the mission. At 9:48 p.m. EST on July 30 (6:18 a.m. July 31 in Kabul), the strike was carried out by an R9X Hellfire missile, which has six blades that rotate at high speed and deploy before impact.

“I authorized the precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield once and for all,” Biden announced on Monday evening. “This measure was carefully planned, rigorously, to minimize the risk of harm to other civilians.”

The Biden administration has placed major emphasis on the claim that no one besides the Al Qaeda leader was killed in the attack.

While it is a great feat to have eliminated the leader of Al Qaeda, English journalist Piers Morgan has pointed out that this also signifies a major failure by Biden.

In a piece for the New York Post, Morgan asks what many are still wondering, “What the hell was Zawahiri doing casually standing on the balcony of a downtown residential house in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul?”

Last summer, Biden withdrew our troops from Afghanistan and tried to defend his disastrous decision, saying, “What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al Qaeda gone?”

Meanwhile, the leader of the terrorist group moved right into the capital of Afghanistan, undoubtedly with the full knowledge of the Taliban leaders, who were thus providing safe harbor to Zawahiri.

Not only was he living in Kabul, but he was actively plotting terror attacks. In Monday’s announcement, Biden also said that Zawahiri had been making videos “calling for his followers to attack the United States and our allies.”

“The fact the world’s most wanted man was back in the heart of Afghanistan, devising new ways to kill Americans, is a monumental failure,” wrote Morgan. “And the buck for that failure stops with you, Joe Biden, the man who waved the white flag a year ago and has now exposed the US to a potential whole new world of pain and bloodshed at the hands of the very same terrorists who brought down the Twin Towers in 2001.”

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