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Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and a key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a U.S. drone strike on July 30. (Video: The Washington Post)

Today, President Biden gave remarks from a White House balcony, announcing that a CIA drone strike killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most-wanted terrorists, who oversaw the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, alongside the group’s founder, Osama bin Laden.

“Zawahiri was bin Laden’s leader, Biden said. “He was with him all the whole time. He was his number two man, his deputy at the time, the terrorist attack, 9/11. He was deeply involved in the planning of 9/11, one of the most responsible for the attacks that murdered 2,977 people on American soil.”

Biden’s speech comes as he returned to covid isolation after testing positive with a “rebound” case.

Elsewhere at the White House, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has not confirmed travel plans to Taiwan but said emphatically that she has the right to do so while traveling in Asia and will make her own decision. Kirby, speaking from the White House briefing room, also cautioned Beijing about turning a “potential visit” into “some sort of crisis or conflict.”

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