US kills top Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri — sources

This frame grab from video shows Al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al Zawahiri in a video issued Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. (AP)

US officials speaking on condition of anonymity say that CIA carried out a drone strike in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul against a “significant Al Qaeda target.”

A US air strike has killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in Afghanistan, according to a person familiar with the matter, the Associated Press reported.

Current and former officials began hearing on Sunday afternoon that Zawahiri had been killed in a drone strike, but the administration delayed releasing the information until his death could be confirmed, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

White House officials declined to confirm that Zawahiri was killed but noted in a statement that “the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties.”

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