The United States has killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda and one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, who oversaw the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, alongside the group’s founder, Osama bin Laden, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
Both men escaped U.S. forces in Afghanistan in late 2001, and Zawahiri’s whereabouts had long been a mystery. Bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan in 2011.
It was not immediately clear where and when Zawahiri died and what element of the U.S. government had carried out the mission. The White House said on Thursday that President Biden would give remarks in the evening about “a successful counterterrorism operation,” but did not mention Zawahiri.
Thursday? Nope, today looks like Monday. Biden is supposed to speak at 7:30 Eastern time.