US FORCES have killed Ayman al Zawahiri, a sick Al-Qaeda leader and Bin Laden’s right hand man – ten years after Osama was bin bagged.
Zawahiri took over from Bin Laden in 2011 after President Obama ordered a strike on the mastermind behind 9/11.
The sick leader is also thought to be one of the planners of the September 11th 2001 attacks that killed more than 2,700 Americans and 67 Brits.
President Biden authorized the drone strike over the weekend using a highly precise Hellfire missile to kill al Zawahiri as he stepped onto the balcony of the home where he has reportedly been hiding for 20 years.
The CIA learned of his whereabouts in April, setting the stage for the strike.
“The United States did not seek this war against terror, it came to us,” said President Biden at the White House Monday night. “And we answered with the same principles and resolve that have shaped us for generation upon generation.”
A senior administration official called it a successful counterterrorism operation with no civilian casualties.
WABC reported that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released this statement that read: Thanks to the work of our military and intelligence community & President Biden’s leadership, the United States has brought the architect of the September 11 terrorist attacks to justice. We will never forget that horrific day. But New York – and America – will always come back stronger.”
2753 people died at Ground Zero, including 343 FDNY personnel.
The head of the FDNY firefighters’ union issued a statement saying, “This action by the United States is a reminder to each and every terrorist involved in the plotting of these attacks that the American people will never forget.”
GO AFTER FINANCIERS
The killing has not satisfied 9/11 families with a spokesman telling US media:”The financiers are not being targeted by drones, they are being met with fist pumps and hosted at golf clubs.”
“If we’re going to be serious about accountability, we must hold EVERYONE accountable.”