US issues ‘global caution’ alert after the death of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri

Following the death of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, the US State Department has issued a global caution alert.

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After Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, killed, the US State Department issued a global alert.

Yesterday, President Joe Biden declared that Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the most wanted terrorists, had been killed in a drone strike in Kabul, adding that “Justice has been delivered.”

“On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida. Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack the United States,” the US State Department alert on Tuesday (local time) said.

“Following al-Zawahiri’s death, supporters of al- Qa’ida, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may seek to attack U.S. facilities, personnel, or citizens. As terrorist attacks often occur without warning, U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad,” it further said.

Zawahiri, a leader of the September 11 attacks and one of the most wanted terrorists in the world, was killed on Saturday in a US drone strike in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon, had a significant role in the preparation for 9/11 and served as Osama Bin Laden’s personal doctor.

The attack was carried out by an Air Force drone under the direction of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Al-Zawahiri was allegedly the only victim of the attack, and none of his family members were hurt, according to an official.

The Taliban, meanwhile, acknowledged Zawahiri’s demise and denounced the weekend drone attack the US carried out in Kabul.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that an attack was carried out on a residence in the capital and that it was against “international norms.”

According to Tolo News, a massive explosion reverberated throughout Kabul early on Sunday morning.

“A house was hit by a rocket in Sherpoor. There were no casualties as the house was empty,” Abdul Nafi Takor a spokesman of the Interior Ministry had claimed earlier.

According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, by harbouring and protecting the Al-Qaeda leader, the Taliban gravely violated the terms of the Doha Agreement.

“By hosting and sheltering the leader of al Qa’ida in Kabul, the Taliban grossly violated the Doha Agreement and repeated assurances to the world that they would not allow Afghan territory to be used by terrorists to threaten the security of other countries,” Blinken said in a statement.

Under the administration of former US President Donald Trump, the US and the Taliban reached a peace accord in February 2020. According to the agreement, US soldiers would leave Afghanistan and the Taliban behind, which would reduce violence and ensure that terrorists wouldn’t have a safe haven there.

Blinken claimed in the statement that the Taliban also abandoned the Afghan people and their own expressed desire for international recognition and rapprochement.

A year after the US military left Afghanistan and the Taliban took control of the nation, Zawahiri was sought for death. The profile picture of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, has a “dead” description next to it on the FBI’s website.