US President Joe Biden announced on Monday that al-Zawahiri, who took over the reins of al-Qaeda after the assassination of Osama bin Laden 11 years ago, was killed in a US drone attack that took place Saturday night (New York time). executed. a house in Kabul.
The 30th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, filed under Resolution 2610 (2021) on ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida and Associated Individuals and Entities, released last month, stated that the terror group’s leadership allegedly plays an advisory role. role with the Taliban, and the groups remain close.
It said al-Zawahiri had expanded its reach to al-Qaeda supporters with a number of video and audio messages, “including his own statement promising that al-Qaeda was equipped to compete with ISIL in an effort to re-establish be recognized as the leader of a global movement.”
The 13th Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, filed pursuant to Resolution 2611 (2021) on the Taliban and other associated persons and entities threatening the peace stability and security of Afghanistan, released in May, noted that the core of Qaida’s leadership under al-Zawahiri would remain in Afghanistan, specifically the eastern region of Zabul province northwards to Kunar and along the border with Pakistan.
It said al-Zawahiri had appeared in eight videos since August 2021.
Alluding to the hijab feud in India, the report had said that in the most recent video of al-Zawahiri, released on April 5, by al-Qaida’s As-Sahab Media Foundation, al-Zawahiri “refers to the resistance of al-Qaeda.” an Indian Muslim woman for men protesting the hijab, an event that went viral in early February 2022.”
“The video provided the first conclusive current evidence of life for al-Zawahiri in recent years. The pace of recent communications suggests he may be able to lead more effectively than was possible before the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan,” it said.
The “Twelfth Report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, filed pursuant to Resolution 2557 (2020) on the Taliban and other associated individuals and entities posing a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan,” released last June was released, it said that “a significant portion of al-Qaeda’s leadership lives in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region, including the leader of the group al-Zawahiri, who is likely alive but too weak to be featured in propaganda. ”
The report said that the al-Qaeda leader “was believed to be somewhere in the Afghanistan/Pakistan border region. Previous reports of his death from ill health have not been confirmed. A member state reports that he is likely still alive.” but too weak to be used in propaganda.”