Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri was an Egyptian-born physician and theologian who was the leader of the terrorist group al-Qaeda from June 2011 until his death in July 2022.
He was born on June 19, 1951, in Giza, Egypt.
Following Osama bin Laden death, he succeeded him and was earlier a senior member of Islamist organizations which orchestrated attacks in Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe.
He called on Muslims to kidnap Westerners in Muslim countries in 2012.
The U.S. State Department offered a $25 million reward for information or intelligence leading to Ayman al-Zawahiri’s capture after the September 11 attacks.
He was put under worldwide sanctions in 1999 by the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee as a member of al-Qaeda.
Ayman al-Zawahiri Cause Of Death
Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed on July 31, 2022, in an early-morning drone strike conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the upscale Sherpur neighborhood of Kabul. He was 71 years.
President Biden confirmed the death of Al-Zawahiri in an address from the White House late Monday evening Eastern Time.
“If you are a threat to our people, we will find you and take you out,” he said.
Biden added that Al-Zawahiri “was deeply involved in the planning of 9/11,” describing him as “the mastermind behind the attacks against Americans, including the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 to kill 17 American sailors and wound dozens more”.
The US president confirmed that the Al Qaeda chief was killed by two hellfire missiles in a strike on July 31 in Kabul coordinated by the CIA.
“Now justice has been delivered,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has responded to news of the drone strike, condemning the attack and branding it “a clear violation of international principles”.