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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

“As Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri was one of the masterminds behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,977 people on September 11th, 2001. Today, a U.S. drone strike killed al-Zawahiri and exacted justice for his terrible crimes, both here in the U.S. and across the globe. I want to thank U.S. troops, our intelligence community and President Biden for their tireless efforts to combat al-Qaeda and hold those responsible for one of our Nation’s darkest days.”