President Biden speaks Monday on what the White House describes as a successful counterterrorism operation. Three sources confirmed to CBS News that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan over the weekend.
A senior administration official said there were no civilian casualties.
The President’s address is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Mr. Biden, who lives awill deliver his remarks from a distance from the press at the White House.
The strike comes nearly a year after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed an airstrike carried out by a drone in Kabul on Monday. He said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers this a gross violation of international principles.
– Arden Fahiri, Nancy Cordes, Andres Triay, Ahmad Muktar and Pat Milton of CBS News contributed to this report.