A Kabul Safe House - How CIA Identified, Killed Al Qaeda Chief Zawahiri

"Cautious Affected person Work": How US Intelligence Tracked Down Al-Qaeda Chief

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, the most important blow to the terrorist group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

Zawahiri had been in hiding for years and the operation to find and kill him was the results of “cautious affected person and protracted” work by the counter-terrorism and intelligence group, a senior administration official advised reporters.

Till the US announcement, Zawahiri had been rumored variously to be in Pakistan’s tribal space or inside Afghanistan.

Talking on the situation of anonymity, the official offered the next particulars on the operation:

* For a number of years, the US authorities had been conscious of a community that it assessed supported Zawahiri, and over the previous 12 months, following the USA’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, officers had been looking ahead to indications of Al Qaeda’s presence within the nation.