Taliban fighters patrol in Wazir Akbar Khan in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The Taliban declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join their government Tuesday, seeking to convince a wary population that they have changed a day after deadly chaos gripped the main airport as desperate crowds tried to flee the country. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) Leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban terror group allegedly met on Wednesday to discuss “how to respond” to a recent U.S. airstrike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, three Taliban sources told Reuters anonymously.
“There are meetings at a very high level on whether they should react to the drone strike, and in case they decide to, then what is the proper way,” Reuters reported on August 3 citing the account of a Taliban member “who holds an important position in Kabul.”
“The official, who said there had been lengthy leadership discussions for two days, declined to be identified,” according to the news agency.
“Another Taliban official confirmed the high-level meetings but said he did not know what was being discussed,” Reuters added.
U.S. President Joe Biden announced in a national address on August 2 that a U.S. military airstrike killed al-Zawahiri in Kabul on July 30. The Taliban currently rules Kabul after seizing control of the Afghan seat of government in August 2021. This means that the group was likely providing al-Zawahiri with a safe haven in Kabul before his assassination, which reportedly occurred as he stood on a balcony in the capital city. Osama bin Laden (L) sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (not pictured) at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. (Photo by Visual News/Getty Images) Al-Zawahiri served as the leader of al-Qaeda, […]
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