U.S. Drone Strike Kills 9/11 Planner, Al Qaeda Leader in Kabul

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It’s a mission getting wide praise. A U.S. drone strike has killed a 9/11 planner, who President Joe Biden says has targeted Americans for decades.

“Nobody attacks the United States and gets away with it,” said Leon Panetta, the Former Secretary of Defense.

The most wanted terrorist in the world is now dead. The White House confirms the U.S. has killed Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike. That’s prompting praise for U.S. Intelligence Agencies and the military.

“This is a very, very symbolic success, uh, to bring one of the last of the original al Qaeda leaders, who did so much damage around the world,” said David Petraeus, the Former CIA Director.

President Joe Biden says the U.S. identified an optimal time to target Zawahiri about a week ago. He says the strike took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday morning, local time.

“None of his family members were hurt,” Biden said, “and there were no civilian casualties.”

The White House says no American personnel were on the ground during the strike that killed Zawahiri.

“It shows what our commitment is in terms of telling the American people and the world that we will not allow terrorism to go unchecked,” said William Cohen, the Former Defense Secretary.