The US president mentions all the attacks attributed to the Egyptian doctor, bin Laden’s deputy at the time of the 9/11 attacks
“Justice is done, this terrorist leader is no more”. United States President Joe Biden looks out at 1.30 am Italian time from the balcony of the White House – where he is again in solitary confinement due to the covid – to claim the successful killing of Ayman al Zawahiri. “My fellow Americans – he says – on Saturday, on my orders, the United States concluded an air raid in Kabul, in which the Emir of al Qaeda was killed”.
“Al Zawahiri – he recalls – was bin Laden’s number two, his deputy at the time of the 9/11 attacks, he was deeply involved in the planning of 9/11, one of the most responsible for the attacks that killed 2,977 people on the ground American”.
The president cites all the attacks attributed to the Egyptian doctor and recalls the videos he was the protagonist of in which he urged to attack America and its allies, still in recent weeks. “Now justice has been done, this terrorist leader is gone – the president says – People in the world must no longer be afraid of this fierce and determined leader. The United States continues to demonstrate its determination and ability to defend the American people against those who want to hit us. “
Again, according to Biden, “we have made it clear that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you and eliminate you.”
The president then assures that the mission that led to the death of the al Qaeda leader “was carefully planned and the risks of hitting other civilians were rigorously minimized and a week ago, after I was told that conditions were optimal , I gave final approval to pick him up, the mission was a success, none of his family members were injured and there were no civilian casualties. “
“When I ended our military mission in Afghanistan nearly a year ago, I decided that, after 20 years of war, the United States no longer needed thousands of soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan to protect America from terrorists seeking to harm us – Biden then recalls – And I promised the American people that we would continue to conduct effective counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan and beyond.
With the elimination of al Zawahiri, Afghanistan will “never again become a safe haven for terrorists, he is gone and we will make sure that nothing else happens”, Afghanistan can no longer become “a launch pad against the United States, we will ensure that this does not happen. ” “And to those in the world who continue to try to harm the United States, listen to me now – he concludes – we will always remain vigilant and act. And we will always do what is necessary to guarantee the security of Americans at home and in the world”.