- Biden said the strike shows the United States can control the terrorist threat from afar.
- Skeptics say al-Zawahri’s presence in Kabul shows that al-Qaeda remains a significant threat with the help of the Taliban.
- No US troops were endangered to kill al-Zawahri, US officials said.
WASHINGTON — For President Joe Biden and his allies, the CIA drone attack that killed al-Qaida’s top terrorist vindicated Biden’s decision a year ago to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and proved that the United States can attack militants from afar.
For skeptics, it highlighted the vacuum created by the US withdrawal and the perils of a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan where Islamic terror groups continue to operate and even thrive.