Reaction to the assassination of the leader of al-Qaeda: a number of Western politicians supported the elimination of al-Zawahiri

United States killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a strike in Afghanistan this weekend. This was the biggest blow to the militants since the assassination of the founder of the Islamist movement, Osama bin Laden, in 2011. Reuters.

“Finally, justice has been served and this terrorist leader is no more. No matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you pose a threat to our people, the States will find you and eliminate you, ”Joe Biden said during a speech at the White House.

“Given the unwillingness or inability of the Taliban to live up to their obligations, we will continue to support the Afghan people with humanitarian assistance and advocate for the protection of human rights, especially women and girls,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was quoted by the agency as saying.

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“Zawahiri is considered one of the leaders of terrorism, leading the planning and execution of horrific terrorist operations in the United States and Saudi Arabia,” the country’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“The death of Ayman al-Zawahiri is a step towards a safer world. Canada will continue to work with our global partners to counter terrorist threats, promote peace and security, and keep people safe here at home and around the world,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.

“Today’s news is also proof that terrorism can be eradicated without being in the war in Afghanistan. And I hope they bring some peace to the families of the victims of 9/11 and to everyone else who suffered at the hands of al-Qaeda, was the reaction of former US President Barack Obama.

What is known about Ayman al-Zawahir

Al-Zawahiri was a well-known Egyptian terrorist, the leader of Al-Qaeda, who for some time acted in Afghanistan among the Mujahideen, who were fighting for the faith by military means.

Being an educated man, a graduate of the medical faculty of Cairo University with a degree in surgery, Al-Zawahiri led a thousand-strong group of “Egyptian Afghans” who later joined Al-Qaeda, joining its core.

After the death of Osama bin Laden, world media called Zawahiri is “the second man in al-Qaeda”. The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) issued an arrest warrant for the Islamist nearly a week after the September 11 attacks that killed about 3,000 people.

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