What did the Taliban say after the death of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri?

What did the Taliban say on the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri?

The United States killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a missile strike on Sunday.

Al-Zawahiri was on the balcony of his house in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, at the time of the attack. There was no harm to any other member of his household.

Responding to this, the Taliban, which is in power in Afghanistan, called it a violation of the ‘Doha Agreement’ between them and the US.

Let us know about this in detail.

What did the Taliban say in their statement?
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement issued in Pashto that Afghanistan condemns the attack in the strongest possible terms and is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and international principles.

Mujahid, Afghanistan’s deputy minister of information and culture, warned the US that it would have to be wary of such operations in the future on Afghan soil. Such operations can spoil the relationship.

America raised questions on Taliban
The US has questioned Zawahiri’s hiding in Kabul and called it a clear violation of the 2020 Doha Agreement between the US and the Taliban.

In this agreement, the Taliban had said that it would not allow Afghanistan’s land to be used for terrorist activities again. In return for this, America had withdrawn its troops from Afghanistan.

Experts say the Taliban never broke ties with al-Qaeda.

Who was al-Zawahiri?
Ayman al-Zawahiri hails from Egypt and was the leader of al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011.

He was considered the ideological mind behind al-Qaeda and was also imprisoned for spreading ideas of Islamic extremism.

On September 11, 2011, he was also involved in a conspiracy to attack two towers of the World Trade Center in New York, USA.

He was an eye surgeon by profession.

How did America execute the operation?
Two missiles were fired at Ayman al-Zawahiri standing on the balcony at 9:48 pm on Saturday night and on Sunday dark morning of Afghanistan time. No one else was hurt in the attack nor was the house damaged.

It is being speculated that the US used Hellfire R9X missiles in the operation. This is a new and secret weapon. It does not contain explosives, but has six razor-like blades that go out while ripping their targets.

On July 25, Biden approved the airstrike
On July 25, US President Joe Biden convened the last meeting on the issue in which he was given all the information. Apart from this, it was also discussed how the killing of Zawahiri in Kabul would affect relations with the Taliban.

Senior inter-agency lawyers, after examining the legal side, said Zawahiri was a legitimate target as the al-Qaeda chief.

After deliberating on all aspects, Biden approved the airstrike.

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