Afghanistan: Regime denies it knew al-Zawahri was in the country

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Service [Canadian state media]

“The Taliban said Thursday they are investigating what they described as ‘claims’ that al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Afghan capital on the weekend. The group insisted in a statement that it ‘has no knowledge of the arrival and residence’ of al-Zawahri in Afghanistan. The statement marked the first time the Taliban addressed Sunday’s drone strike that killed the head of the al-Qaeda network on the balcony of a Kabul safe house that U.S. officials said was linked to a Taliban leader. … U.S. officials have said al-Zawahri was staying at the home of a top aide to senior Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani. Haqqani is the deputy head of the Taliban, serves as interior minister in their government and heads the Haqqani network, a powerful faction within the Taliban movement.” (08/04/22)