He took over when the US killed Osama bin Laden.
President Joe Biden will speak to the nation at 7:30 PM ET about the US taking out Ayman al-Zawahri.
Al-Zawahri became the leader of al-Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
An official told Fox News: “Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties.”
The Taliban are ticked:
In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that a strike took place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of ‘international principles.’
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, was on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list. There was a $25 million reward for information leading directly to him.
Al-Zawahiri, 71, took over al-Qaeda after bin Laden’s death in 2011, when bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan in 2011.
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