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Anti-US protests erupt in Afghanistan over killing Al-Zawahiri
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Hundreds of Afghans carried anti-American banners on Friday (August 5) to protest against a US drone strike that Washington says killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri this month, the Arabnews reported, citing Reuters.

It said, the protests were launched a day after the Taliban said their government had no information about Zawahiri “entering and living” in capital city Kabul and warned the United States to never repeat an attack on Afghan soil.

According to the report, photos shared on social media showed protesters in at least seven Afghan provinces carrying banners reading “Down with USA,” “Joe Biden, stop lying” and “America is a liar.”

Zawahiri, the top leader of the hard-line militant group, was killed with a missile fired from a drone while he stood on a balcony at his Kabul hideout on Sunday, US officials stated, the biggest blow to the militants since US Navy SEALS shot dead Osama bin Laden more than a decade ago.

Ayman al-Zawahiri

Zawahiri’s death in Kabul raised questions about whether he received sanctuary from the Taliban, who had assured the United States as part of a 2020 agreement on the withdrawal of US-led forces that they would not harbor other militant groups.

Taliban say investigating US claim of killing Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri

Taliban warned Washington that “if such incidents are repeated again and if the territory of Afghanistan is violated then responsibility for any consequences will be on United States.”

The Taliban gained complete control over Afghanistan on Aug. 15 last year after US led foreign forces withdrew and top Afghan leaders including the country’s president fled, marking an end to two decades of war.

Source: arabnews