US Politics

Lucinda Creighton: Terror chief’s killing does not eliminate the threat of al-Qaeda

The strike on al-Zawahiri may have brought some relief to US president Joe Biden, but after his army’s shambolic exit, Afghanistan is now a haven for the rapidly regrouping terrorist organisation

Ayman al-Zawahiri (right), was an ardent ideologue who chose to leave his middle class existence behind in order to pursue violent jihad in Afghanistan

Us president’s Joe Biden’s announcement of a successful US drone strike on Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, could be described as both a triumph and an indictment of America’s anti-terror strategy all at once.

For Biden, this was an important victory which demonstrated to his domestic audience and to the wider world that the United States will not falter in the pursuit of its most dangerous enemies. On the other hand, ...