Kirby: US has ‘visible affirmation’ of al Qaeda chief’s dying in missile strike

White Home nationwide safety spokesman John Kirby on Tuesday stated the USA has “visible affirmation” {that a} CIA drone strike killed Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and officers wouldn’t want additional corroboration.

Talking with Brianna Keilar on CNN’s “New Day,” Kirby stated the operation over the weekend, as President Biden introduced Monday, killed al-Zawahiri on the third ground balcony of his protected home in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“We wouldn’t have DNA affirmation, Brianna, we’re not going to get that affirmation,” Kirby stated. “Fairly frankly, Brianna, based mostly on the a number of sources and strategies that we have now gathered the data from, we don’t want it.”

Following Biden’s announcement, a senior administration official advised reporters that the U.S. intelligence group has “excessive confidence” that the individual killed was al-Zawahiri. 

The official stated the strike was performed with Hellfire missiles on Saturday night time Jap Time, which is Sunday morning in Kabul. 

On Tuesday, Kirby echoed different officers who’ve stated the strike didn’t injure or kill any civilians, including that it precipitated minor injury to the constructing’s construction.

“The strike was executed in a really exact, very deliberate and really constrained technique to do precisely what it was supposed to do: kill one man,” Kirby stated on CNN.

Kirby additionally touted the operation as proof the USA can proceed thwarting terrorist threats in Afghanistan after Biden pulled U.S. troops from the nation final summer season in what was largely seen as chaotic withdrawal.

“If I’m an Al Qaeda chief in Afghanistan proper now, I wager you I’m considering that it’s not fairly the safe-haven I as soon as thought it was,” Kirby stated.

He added that al-Zawahiri’s setup in Kabul constituted a violation of the Doha Settlement, a peace deal between the USA and the Taliban that commits the group to stop Al Qaeda operations in areas below their management.

“The strike itself is a measure of accountability,” Kirby stated.

“The strike itself tells them, reveals them how critical we’re about our need by no means to see Afghanistan grow to be a protected haven once more for the launch of assaults towards our homeland, and it reveals them the diploma to which we’re able to doing this with out boots on the bottom,” he added.

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