– Families of 9/11 victims finally get justice : US President
– If you attack us, no matter how long it takes, we will find and kill you from wherever you are hiding: Biden’s warning to terrorists
– Saif al-Adel, likely to become the new head of al-Qaeda, has been on the FBI’s most wanted list since 2001.
– Al-Zawahiri helped hijack four planes in the 9/11 attacks
Washington: Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of the world’s most notorious terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, was killed in a drone attack by the American intelligence agency CIA in Afghanistan. American officials said on Monday that this is the biggest blow to al-Qaeda since the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. Meanwhile, American President Joe Biden has warned the terrorists that if they attack us, we will hunt them down and kill them. We have brought justice to the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor and surgeon, helped hijack four planes in the 9/11 attacks in the United States in 2001. Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center while the third crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane to attack the White House crashed in a field in Schenckville. More than 3,000 people were killed in this 9/11 attack in America. 71-year-old Egyptian doctor Zawahiri had a reward of 25 million US dollars. He was second-in-command to bin Laden in the 9/11 attacks on America.
US President Joe Biden confirmed the killing of Zawahiri while briefing the operation at the White House on Monday. He said that al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a successful highly-precision drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday on my instructions. Finally, the families of the victims of 9/11 have now received justice. Zawahiri had been plotting several attacks on Americans for years.
America will continue to protect its citizens and continue to demonstrate resolve and capability against those who seek to harm us, Biden continued. Today we have made it clear that whatever time it takes. It doesn’t matter where you are hiding we will find you and punish you.
One of the American officials, on condition of anonymity, said that a CIA drone attack was carried out in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Sunday. Zawahiri was standing on the balcony of the safe house when the CIA launched two missile attacks. Other members of the family were also present in the house, but only Zawahiri was killed in the attack and others were unhurt.
An administration official said the United States has continued its counterterrorism campaign against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The operation was completely successful and no innocent civilians were harmed.
According to sources, there was a huge explosion in Kabul early Sunday morning. A house in Sherpur was hit by a rocket, said Abdul Nafi Thakor, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry. No casualties were reported. This house was empty. A Taliban source said on condition of anonymity that a drone was reported to have flown from Kabul on Sunday morning.
Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death is a major blow for al-Qaeda since its founder Osama-bin Laden was killed in 2011. After the killing of bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri took over the leadership of al-Qaeda in 2011. According to a Middle-East organization, Saif al-Adel is now likely to become the head of al-Qaeda after al-Zawahiri. This former Egyptian military officer is one of the founding members of al-Qaeda. According to American intelligence agencies, in the 1980s, Saif al-Adel joined the terrorist group Maktab al-Khidmat. He was once bin Laden’s security chief and has been on the FBI’s most wanted list since 2001. There is a reward of 10 million dollars on him.
Taliban suspected of harboring Zawahiri
Alliance of al-Qaeda and Taliban is a major threat to India
– Risk of Taliban harboring Jaish and Toiba terrorists targeting India
Al-Qaeda chief Al-Zawahiri has been killed in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. His death has dealt a major blow to al-Qaeda’s supporters and allies. However, the fact that the Taliban has given shelter to the most-wanted terrorist after Laden in Kabul is worrying for India.
After al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan’s Abbottabad in 2011, al-Zawahiri led the terror organization and went into hiding in Afghanistan from Pakistan. Security experts in India say that Zawahiri’s death is likely to affect the morale of Al-Qaeda supporters and terrorists in India. Al-Qaeda was trying to establish its system in India. Officials say the Taliban, which provides safe haven to Al-Qaeda, may also provide shelter to Pakistani terror outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which target India.
Indian security agencies estimate that infiltration into the Taliban could increase, as the Haqqani network, which is very close to al-Qaeda, may seek revenge for providing information on Zawahiri to American officials. Of greater concern to India is the possibility that al-Qaeda militants may join the Islamic State and its regional affiliate, the Islamic State-Khorasan. Al-Qaeda is now likely to replace Saif al-Adel Zawahiri. Al-Adel has been implicated in several attacks, including the 1998 attack on the American Embassy in Kenya.
On the other hand, China has given a surprising statement regarding the death of Zawarhiri in the American attack. Reacting to Zawahiri’s death, Chinese Foreign Minister Hua Chunying said that it is against all forms of terrorism, but also opposes double standards on counter-terrorism operations. Such expeditions cannot be carried out at the expense of the sovereignty of other countries. Such campaigns affect the sovereignty of other countries.
Indian Air Force also equipped with Hellfire missiles
The US shot down Ayman al-Zawahiri with a Hellfire missile
– The R9X version of the Hellfire missile uses a blade instead of ammunition
India is also using air and naval versions of the Hellfire missile that US intelligence agency CIA used to kill Al-Qaeda chief Al-Zawahiri. The Apache helicopters that the Indian Air Force acquired from the US three years ago are equipped with these missiles.
Official information on which drone the US used to kill Zawahiri has not surfaced. But it is believed that the Reaper Predator-drone would have been used, because only this drone can attack with Hellfire missiles. Hellfire is also called Heliborne laser fire and forget missile. But now there is also a longbow version of this missile, which is radar based. Apache helicopters of the Indian Air Force are equipped with Longbow Hellfire missiles.
However, according to sources, the CIA may have used the secret version of the Hellfire missile, the R9X. The missile weighs about the same as the Hellfire missile, but does not carry a warhead. But it has a blade, which makes it an accurate target and the chances of collateral damage are very low. For this reason it is also called Ninja Bomb.