“Al-Qaeda has been responsible for brutal attacks in not only the US, but Asia, Africa, and Europe,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va. “I commend the efforts of our intelligence officers and men and women in uniform for finally – 21 yrs after the horrific 9/11 attacks – bringing one of its last remaining leaders to justice.”
Republicans and Democrats alike were quick to commend President Biden for taking action against the 71-year-old terrorist. Zawahiri, a one-time surgeon, had led al Qaeda since the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden.
“The killing of Al-Zawahiri is a vivid reminder to terrorists everywhere that if you kill Americans or attack America, no matter how much time passes, the United States will find you and bring you to justice,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a statement. “Congratulations and lasting gratitude to our country’s shadow warriors.”
“Congratulations to the Biden Administration and all those brave Americans involved in the successful counterterrorism operation against al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “This is a significant event in the War on Terror. All those involved have delivered a strong message that America never forgets.”