2 October 2022


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Ayman al-Zawahiri’s assassination by US drone cheered by survivors of 9/11

Ankur Chatterjee: 9/11 Justice, a grassroot organisation consisting of responders, survivors, and family members who lost their loved one in the scathing September 11, 2001 terror attacks, expressed joy over the Al-Qaeda terror group’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s death. They congratulated the step as ‘particularly meaningful’ to the 9/11 community that has been since continuing their strife for justice.

Further, in their statement, the group urged President Biden to keep standing with the 9/11 community and continue his support for every individual who go on in seeking justice for the victims of the deadly terror attack that left 2,977 people dead.

Terry Strada, the national chair of the group 9/11 Families United, gratuitously commended the sheer tenacity of US intelligence agencies and the unwavering commitment the military keeps displaying in their war against terrorism.

“If we’re going to be serious about accountability, we must hold everyone accountable,” she said.

Brad Blakeman, who was previously senior advisor to former president George W. Bush, whose own nephew was killed in the gruesome attack, after Zawahiri’s drone assassination in Kabul, said, “It was a long day in coming. It should have been done a long time ago if we had the opportunity.”

He further went on and expressed his outrage at countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan for giving safe haven to groups such as Al-Qaeda. “What really dismays me is the fact that why is the US always the one to take action against the terrorists when they’re harboured in sovereign countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan in the case of (Osama) bin Laden? Why are these countries giving safe haven to these murderers and terrorists,” he said.

Alice M. Greenwald, CEO and president of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, said that the elimination of the Al-Qaeda’s leader adds a layer of dimension to the ongoing impact of the 9/11 tragedy on today’s world.

He further added that this bold move by the Biden Administration stresses on the need to educate younger generations about the deadliest terror attack ever to be carried on the American soil.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s right hand man who was killed by the CIA in Pakistan in 2011, was one of the masterminds behind the September 11, 2001 terror strike.

Since Laden’s death, the 71-year-old has been acting as the commander of Al-Qaeda’s Born in Egypt, al-Zawahiri went on to become a doctor and surgeon, as well as Laden’s personal physician.

The leader fled Egypt to Peshawar in the 1980s after being imprisoned twice as a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad, accused of toppling the Egyptian government. He was a prominent member of al-Qaeda who directed the Islamic movement’s weapons toward the US.

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