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‘Frankly, we don’t need it’: US has no DNA on al Qaeda leader – confirmed death by other sources

The US does not have any DNA evidence to confirm the death of al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in Kabul, but it has confirmed his identity through multiple sources, according to the White House.

Al-Zawahiri was one of the masterminds behind the 9/11 attacks. He was killed in a US-led drone strike at his Afghan home, where he was hiding with his family.

John Kirby, White House spokesperson for national security, stated to CNN that there is no DNA confirmation. We are not going to receive that confirmation.

“Quite honestly, based upon multiple sources and methods from which we have gathered information, we don’t really need it.”

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“We have visual confirmation but also confirmation from other sources.”

Read more: Ayman al Zawiri was a middle-class doctor who became the most wanted man in the world.

The death of US President Joe Biden was announced from the balcony in the White House Blue Room. He said that “justice had been delivered”.

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“This terrorist leader has been eliminated,” said Mr Biden, before adding that he hoped the killing would bring “one more measure” of closure to the families of the almost 3,000 victims of the 11 September 2001 attacks.

After the strike, which was completed almost a year after US troops left Afghanistan, the president stated that Afghanistan would “never again be a terrorist safe-haven”.

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Biden: “This terrorist leader is no longer”

Two hellfire missiles from a drone killed the Egyptian terror leader who was standing on the balcony at a safehouse when he was struck by two hellfire missiles.

Biden stated that no family members of the 71 year-old were hurt and that there were no civilian casualties.

The FBI offered $25m (PS20m), for “information leading towards the apprehension of or conviction” of the terrorist leader. This is the largest blow to al Qaeda’s founder Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2011 by US special forces.

According to a US official, the operation to kill al Zawahiri took many months to plan.

On July 1, 2012, Mr Biden was informed about a planned operation to eliminate the al Qaeda leader.

It was earlier in the year that intelligence indicated that his wife and children had moved to Kabul. His family was believed to be hiding in Pakistan at the time.

The family was taken to a safehouse, where al-Zawahiri, according to the US official, was later spotted.

Image A suspected house in Kabul was struck by a US drone strike

His life pattern was recorded and he was kept under surveillance for several months. Although he never left his house, he did spend some time on the balcony where he was ultimately killed.

A detailed proposal was presented to Biden on 25 July. The administration official stated that he requested “granular-level interest” due to the emphasis on taking “every possible step…to minimize civilian casualties”.

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Smoke following strike on terror leader

The Americans were able to use intelligence to examine the building of the house in order to avoid civilian casualties.

Official added that al-Zawahiri’s passing is a “significant blow to al Qaeda” and would affect their ability to continue operating.

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