During the course of the 20-year US war, Al Qaeda was vastly diminished, but questions have arisen about its future prospects with the Taliban back in Kabul.
Rigsbee said the killing of Al Matar will disrupt Al Qaeda's "ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians."
One of the four hostages held at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville was released during the standoff; three others were rescued when authorities entered the building about 9pm, authorities said.
"Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more," Biden said, adding that he hoped Zawahiri's death would bring "closure" to families of the 3,000 people killed in the United States on 9/11.
It is noteworthy that a US drone fired missiles that killed Ayman Al-Zawahiri in Kabul in Afghanistan on Monday, who became the leader of Al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, in Pakistan in May 2011, should have escaped the American for so long. Of course, reports from the Central Intelligence Agency
The United States killed Zawahiri with a missile fired from a drone while he stood on a balcony at his Kabul hideout on Sunday, US officials said, in the biggest blow to the militants since Osama Bin Laden was shot dead more than a decade ago.
Last week International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that the US and its European allies have adopted a “catastrophe of choice” policy for Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
While Washington’s conduct of foreign affairs rarely impacts popular voting in US elections, President Joe Biden’s Democratic party might have retained clear majorities in the both Houses of the legislature if he had not made three disastrous decisions after he took office in January 2021.