The announcement of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s assassination comes on the eve of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Last night Pakistan lost its commander of the Quetta Corps while flying over Balochistan.
On the day that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to land in Taipei, the eastern world awoke to the assassination of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri in the heart of Kabul.
Al-Zawahiri, who was staying at the home of Taliban Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, was ripped to pieces by a ninja rocket fired from a US reaper drone.
The strike took place at 7:18 a.m. IST on Sunday, but the outcome was not announced until Monday evening. The timing of President Joe Biden’s announcement happens to come at a time when Speaker Pelosi, defying all Chinese threats, will land in Taipei today. That Speaker Pelosi landing in Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, is a rejection of egregious threats from the Chinese. Given her style, Pelosi will definitely support Taiwan.
The missile strike on Ayman Al Zawahiri is a demonstrator of US weaponized drone technology and spatial intelligence, which is miles ahead of any country in the world, including China. Although India was aware of this attack on the upscale Sherpur neighborhood of Zawahiri in Kabul, the outcome of the attack was not shared. For the record, the Taliban’s interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, who heads a terrorist network of the same name, had told New Delhi that Zawahiri was hiding under his own protection in Iran and not in Kabul.
Since the Taliban takeover of Kabul on August 15, 2021, the al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan has grown. The US missile strike shows that the US not only has the ability to gather intelligence, but also to carry out extremely accurate strikes.
While China has threatened the US not to interfere in Taiwan, Zawahiri’s strike and the use of precision power will sober up Chinese Communist Party leaders.
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