Osama bin Laden (L) sits with his adviser and purported successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (not pictured) in an image supplied by the respected Dawn newspaper November 10, 2001. Al Qaedas elusive leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, U.S. President Barack Obama said on May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily Dawn (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY). (Foto: HO/Scanpix 2011)

Report: Al-Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri Eliminated in Afghanistan


Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri was killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.

Current and former officials began hearing Sunday afternoon that Al-Zawahiri had been killed in a drone strike, but the administration delayed releasing the information until it could his death could be confirmed, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

White House officials declined to confirm that Al-Zawahiri was killed but noted in a statement that “the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al-Qaeda target in Afghanistan. The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties.”

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