Zawahiri strike reignites Afghanistan withdrawal debate ahead of anniversary

Zawahiri strike reignites Afghanistan withdrawal debate ahead of anniversary


President Joe Biden ordering the killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, the government’s most wanted man, last weekend in a downtown Kabul drone strike almost one year after the United States withdrew from Afghanistan has restarted the debate over the 20-year war’s end.

As critics complain Biden has been weak abroad, the demonstration of strength as commander in chief coincides with expected first-anniversary scrutiny of the U.S. military and intelligence capabilities in Afghanistan without having troops present.

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Biden and White House aides have underscored the success of “over the horizon” intelligence collection and operationalization in the precision strike that killed Zawahiri, referring to Islamic State chief Maher

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