How the C.I.A. Tracked the Leader of Al Qaeda


fight for america The U.S. search for Ayman al-Zawahri had spanned decades. His presence on a balcony at a safe house in Kabul presented an opportunity to strike. Ayman al-Zawahri, left, listening to Osama bin Laden during a news conference in Khost, Afghanistan, in 1998. Al-Zawahri became Al Qaeda’s leader after Bin Laden’s death.

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