6-8-2022 

A weekend U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan offered clues about future U.S. counterterrorism strategy.First, the U.S. targeted al-top Qaida's leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

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President Biden said Monday night from the White House, "We make it clear again that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, the United States will find you and take you out."

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Biden consulted his national security team before approving the operation. On July 1, advisers presented the president with a replica of al-Kabul Zawahiri's home. White House releases photo of meeting.

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Biden "asked about lighting, weather, construction materials, and other factors that could affect the success of this operation and reduce civilian casualties," a senior U.S. official said.

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U.S. officials said they learned earlier this year that al-family Zawahiri's moved into the safe house in the upscale Kabul neighbourhood of Sherpur.

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Zawahiri eventually joined. U.S. officials said al-Zawahiri never left his home, but they tracked his movements.This allowed the U.S. to launch two Hellfire missiles from a drone on al-balcony Zawahiri's Sunday morning, officials said.

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The officials didn't say where they launched the drone, but the U.S. no longer has any military bases in the area, suggesting it flew a long distance to reach its target.

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Al-presence Zawahiri's in Kabul suggests a close relationship between al-Qaida and the Taliban, who pledged in the 2020 Doha agreement not to harbour extremists.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the Taliban of betraying the Afghan people on Monday.The Taliban, which hasn't confirmed al-death, Zawahiri's blamed the U.S. for striking Afghanistan.

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