Following Osama bin Laden’s passing, Ayman al-Zawahri assumed his position as chief of the terrorist organization. On Monday night, Vice President Joe Biden gave a message to the nation, during which he stated that “Justice has been delivered, and this terrorist commander is no more.”
The Kabul attack was the first American military action in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of American forces a year ago. DECISION MAKING IN WASHINGTON — President Biden stated Monday night that a U.S. drone strike had killed Ayman al-Zawahri, a major mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that had taken over as the commander of Al Qaeda following the death of Osama bin Laden.
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The early morning attack in the center of downtown Kabul over the weekend marked the end of a 21-year manhunt for an Egyptian radical who, more than anyone else other than Bin Laden, was deemed responsible for the deadliest foreign attack on the United States in modern history and who never gave up targeting Americans.
In the days ahead, one of the most significant questions to ask will be what the strike implies for the tense relations that exist between the government of the Taliban and the United States. The United States of America asserts that the Taliban broke the terms of the peace deal when they allowed Zawahri to enter the country.
The Taliban assert that the United States broke the terms of the peace deal by carrying out a strike. However, it is less apparent if the Taliban will allow more Al Qaeda officials to enter the nation or whether it will strive to push them out of the country. The United States maintains that it will continue to attack terrorist targets.