Skip to main content

Middle East reactions: Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri killed in US drone strike

Saudi Arabia and Israel praised the operation which killed the Al-Qaeda leader; a Syrian jihadist group appeared to offer condolences.
In this photograph taken on July 31, 2022, smoke rises from a house following a US drone strike in the Sherpur area of Kabul.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, by a US drone strike, US President Joe Biden announced yesterday. 

Zawahiri was a medical doctor from Egypt who became active in Egyptian Islamic Jihad in the 1980s. After being released from prison over the group’s involvement in the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Zawahiri joined al-Qaeda and was cemented as Osama bin Laden’s No. 2 in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks. After bin Laden was killed by the US military in Pakistan in 2011, Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda. 

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.