WASHINGTON - The United States conducted a "successful" counterterrorism operation against a "significant" Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri in Afghanistan over the weekend, a senior administration official told Fox News.President Biden on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. E.T. is expected to address the nation from the White House on the operation."Over the weekend, the United States conducted a counterterrorism operation against a significant Al Qaeda target in Afghanistan," the senior administration official told Fox News Monday.
"The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties."Two intelligence sources tell Fox News Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri was killed in the CIA drone strike.File: This still image obtained September 10, 2012 from IntelCenter shows Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking from an undisclosed location. (Photo by -/IntelCenter/AFP via Getty Images) BIDEN ADMIN WARNED NOT TO WITHHOLD AFTER-ACTION REPORTS ON BOTCHED AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWALThe Biden administration closed the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and withdrew all military assets from Afghanistan on Aug.
31, 2021, ending the United States' longest war. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, last September, warned lawmakers that terror groups like Al Qaeda may be able to grow much faster following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, at the time, said that the focus of continued U.S.
military efforts in Afghanistan would be countering terrorist threats, not the Taliban. Austin said the U.S. would "keep an eye on" Al Qaeda, the extremist network whose use of Afghanistan as a haven for planning the 9/11 attacks on the United States was the reason U.S.