Aug 02, 2022

By Jane Brown

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World leaders, including Canada’s prime minister, are weighing in on the news that one of the key planners of the 2001 September 11th terror attacks has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul.

A statement from Justin Trudeau on Twitter reads: “The death of Ayman al-Zawahiri is a step toward a safer world. Canada will keep working with our global partners to counter terrorist threats, promote peace and security, and keep people here at home and around the world safe.”

Monday evening, U.S. President Joe Biden made the announcement in an address from the White House.

“On Saturday at my direction, the United States successfully concluded an air strike in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed…Ayman al-Zawahiri.”

Biden explained that American intelligence experts tracked al-Zawahiri to a home in downtown Kabul where he was hiding out with his family.

They had apparently built a scale model of the house, knew al-Zawahiri was partial to sitting on the home’s balcony and became familiar with his movements by constructing what they called “a pattern of life.”

Biden went on to say the operation delivered justice and hopefully one more measure of closure to families of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Al-Zawahiri and the better-known Osama bin Laden (left) plotted the 9-11 attacks.

Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in May of 2011 in an operation carried out by U.S. Navy SEALs after a nearly 10 year long hunt.

The operation to kill al-Zawahiri is seen as a significant counter-terrorism win for the Biden Administration just 11 months after American soldiers left the country after a 20 year war.

Canada’s combat role in Afghanistan ended in 2011. The last of Canada’s service members left in 2014.

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