Terrorism Experts Uncover Glaring Problem with Successful Strike against Ayman al-Zawahiri: ‘Masks the Undeniable Truth’

The United States carried out a successful counterterrorism operation to kill top Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri over the weekend.

But terrorism experts quickly pointed out the glaring problem with the operation: al-Zawahiri was targeted while standing on the balcony of a house in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the country in which Americans died for 20 years before President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal one year ago.

The successful operation was only possible because of the close relationship between the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which itself was only possible because of the collapse of the Afghanistan government last year.

According to expert terrorism analyst Bill Roggio, the narrative that al-Zawahiri’s death was a counterterrorism success “masks the undeniable truth that Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is a safe haven for Al Qaeda.”