Taliban To Investigate US Claim, Says "No Trace" Of Al Qaeda Chief Killing
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Taliban To Investigate US Claim, Says “No Trace” Of Al Qaeda Chief Killing

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Zawahiri was shot dead by the US on Sunday while he was standing on a balcony at his hideout in Kabul, according to US authorities.

According to a Taliban spokesperson on Thursday, the group’s leadership was unaware of the presence of Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul and is looking into a US “claim” that he was killed in a US drone strike there.

According to US sources, Zawahiri was killed by a missile fired from a drone on Sunday while he was standing on a balcony at his hideout in Kabul. This was the worst blow to the terrorists since Osama bin Laden was murdered more than ten years ago.

Suhail Shaheen, a Doha-based Taliban representative to the UN, told media in a message that “the government and the leadership was not aware of what is being said, nor was there any trace there.”


He stated that an investigation was currently being conducted to determine the validity of the accusation and that the findings would be made public.

Regarding the Sunday drone hit, Taliban commanders have mainly kept quiet and have not acknowledged Zawahiri’s presence in Kabul or his demise.

Three sources within the Taliban indicated that senior commanders had been debating how to react to the US drone strike for some time.

Following their overthrow of a US-backed government a year ago, the Taliban are seeking international recognition and access to billions of dollars in frozen cash, and how they respond might have a big impact.

One of the most sought-after persons in the world, Zawahiri is an Egyptian doctor who had a key role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

His murder in Kabul raises concerns about whether he had protection from the Taliban, who had given the US assurances that they would not harbor other terrorist organizations as part of a 2020 deal on the withdrawal of US-led forces.

The deal was signed in the capital of Qatar, Doha, and according to Shaheen, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban refer to their nation and government, is committed to it.

By hosting and protecting Zawahiri, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Taliban had “grossly breached” the deal.

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