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US Kills Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Leader Of Al Qaeda

The White House said Monday it successfully conducted a counterterrorism operation on the weekend that killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The operation, senior administration officials told reporters throughout a background call, was conducted at 9: 48 p.m. Eastern time July 30 or 6: 18 a.m Kabul time July 31 and completed by an unmanned aerial vehicle. It had been the consequence of almost a year of careful, patient and persistent work, one official added.

We’ve multiple intelligence sources, via multiple methods, which have been able to concur that this is al-Zawahiri and that people were successful in achieving our objective, the state said, declining to detail specifics.

Zawahiri helped plan the 9/11 attacks and took over because the leader of Al Qaeda following the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, CNN reported.

Zawahiri also helped orchestrate multiple other attacks against U.S. targets through the years. A senior administration official described Zawahiri as a substantial Al Qaeda target in a statement earlier Monday. Officials maintained that the air strike led to no civilian casualties. (RELATED:REPORT: Documents From Osama Bin Laden Indicate He Never Expected America TO VISIT War After 9/11)

Zawahiri and his family moved to a safe house in Afghanistan within days gone by year, and even though its believed he never left the compound, he’d often go out on a balcony, in accordance with a senior administration official. Ultimately, the U.S. government could kill Zawahiri on July 30 as he was on that balcony, and none of his family are thought to have died due to the air strike.

FILE PHOTO: A photo of Al Qaeda's new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, is seen in this still image taken from a video released on September 12, 2011. SITE Monitoring Service/Handout via REUTERS TV/File Photo THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

FILE PHOTO: An image of Al Qaedas new leader, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, sometimes appears in this still image extracted from a video released on September 12, 2011. SITE Monitoring Service/Handout via REUTERS TV/File Photo THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN GIVEN BY AN AUTHORIZED.

His death deals a substantial blow to al Qaeda, the state told reporters, adding that the safe house is currently empty.

The operation followed many months of research and planning, and the senior administration official explained that just a very small band of officials were alert to the intelligence and planning.

Biden received several briefings through the entire operations planning and ultimately had your final briefing July 25. The senior administration official cautioned that people shouldn’t be surprised if the former al Qaeda leader filmed additional videos which may be released after his death.

Biden gave remarks on the operation at the White House on Monday evening, which comes because the U.S. nears its one-year anniversary of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

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