Inside the Mission to Kill Zawahiri

“Ayman al-Zawahiri, the 71-year-old leader of al-Qaeda, stepped onto the third-floor balcony of his house in an exclusive neighborhood of Kabul around 6:15 a.m. Sunday. He usually appeared in the morning, shortly after daybreak. Sometimes he read. He was always alone,” the Washington Post reports.

“And the CIA was watching… At 6:18 a.m., a CIA drone in the sky above fired two Hellfire missiles.”

“It’s not known whether Zawahiri reacted. But former officials who have participated in drone strikes say it’s not uncommon, in the final seconds before impact, for the target to look up as he hears a projectile rocketing toward him.”

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