Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Death of Ayman al-Zawahiri: What it Means for the U.S. and the Region

The Death of Ayman al-Zawahiri: What it Means for the U.S. and the Region

August 04, 2022 | 10:00 am to 11:00 am | National Security Program

About the Event

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the deputy to Osama bin Laden on 9/11 and Al Qaeda's number two leader, was killed in a CIA drone strike last Saturday in Kabul. The Egyptian-born terrorist played a key role in planning the terrorist attacks against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the bombing of the USS Cole. While Zawahiri's influence within the global jihadist movement had diminished in recent years, his assassination by the United States represents an important symbolic victory in the fight against Al Qaeda.

Join us to discuss the significance of the drone strike against Zawahiri, and what it means for Washington's global counter-terrorism strategy.


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Speakers

Carol Rollie Flynn

Carol Rollie Flynn - Carol Rollie Flynn is the President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Philip Wasielewski

Philip Wasielewski - Philip Wasielewski is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Eurasia Program. He is a former Paramilitary Case Officer who had a 31-year career in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency. 

Bruce Riedel

Bruce Riedel - Bruce Riedel is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, part of the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence.