US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

World safer than ever after al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri killed: US

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the world has become safer after the killing of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. He said the Taliban government in Afghanistan has broken a promise made to the international community by providing shelter to al-Qaeda chief al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan. This has eroded people’s trust in the Taliban.

“We will continue to take action against those who threaten America and its allies in any form,” Blinken said. “We have acted in accordance with our commitment to respond to terrorist threats emanating from Afghanistan,” he tweeted. The world has become safer than ever after the killing of Al Qaeda leader Al Zawahiri.

US Secretary of State Blinken said the Taliban had violated the Doha Agreement by sheltering al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan. It also acted contrary to assurances that it would not allow Afghanistan to be used by terrorists. The search for al-Zawahiri had been going on for a long time.

After the terrorist attacks in September, then-President George Bush released a list of 22 wanted terrorists of the FBI, in which Zawahiri’s name was high above that of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Al Zawahiri was killed in a US drone strike at a house in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was officially announced by President Joe Biden. PLC/GT

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