Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri killed in airstrike, Biden speech

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 a COVID-19 rebound caseswill 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.

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, left, sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, during an interview with a Pakistani journalist at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan for an article published November 10, 2001.

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– Arden Fahiri, Nancy Cordes, Andres Triay, Ahmad Muktar and Pat Milton of CBS News contributed to this report.


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