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White House Confirms Bad News About Al Qaeda and Afghanistan

(AP Photo/Khwaja Tawfiq Sediqi)

On Monday night President Joe Biden announced the killing of longtime Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. He was hit with a missile, which was launched into a house in Kabul. 

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"My fellow Americans, on Saturday, at my direction, the United States successfully concluded an airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed the emir of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri," Biden said. "You know, al-Zawahiri was bin Laden’s leader.  He was with him all the -- the whole time.  He was his number-two man, his deputy at the time of the terrorist attack of 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." 

"For decades, he was a mastermind behind attacks against Americans, including the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors and wounded dozens more," he continued. "He played a key role, a key role in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and wounding over 4,500 others."

Tuesday morning, National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby adamantly explained Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan and actively planning attacks from the capitol city. 

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But last year, in the middle of a catastrophic exit from the country, President Biden told the American people Al Qaeda was gone. 

They've filled the vacuum and they're back. 

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