Taliban say they did not know Al Qaeda leader alive in Kabul

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Taliban say they did not know Al Qaeda leader alive in Kabul

The Taliban said it did not know Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was living in the Afghan capital of Kabul and warned the United States not to repeat the drone strike.

The US officials said Zawahiri was killed by a drone fired from a drone while he sat on a balcony at his Kabul hideout on Sunday.

His death is the biggest blow to the militant group since the US Navy SEALs shot his predecessor Osama bin Laden more than a decade ago.

The Taliban's designated UN representative, Suhail Shaheen, said in a statement that the leadership and government weren't aware of what is being claimed, nor any trace there.

An investigation is underway to find out about the validity of the claim. He said the results of the investigation would be shared publicly.

Taliban leaders have remained largely unaffected by the drone strike and have not confirmed the presence or death of Zawahiri in Kabul.

The Taliban said that if the territory of Afghanistan is violated and the territory of Afghanistan is violated, responsibility for any consequences will be on the United States. Three Taliban sources said top Taliban leaders had been holding lengthy discussions about how to respond to the situation.

The Taliban's defeat of a US-backed government a year ago could have a significant impact on the group's international legitimacy and access to billions of dollars in frozen funds.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor, was closely involved in the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001 and was one of the most wanted men in the world.

His death in Kabul raised questions about whether he received sanctuary from the Taliban, who had assured the US as part of a 2020 agreement on the withdrawal of US forces that they would not harbour other militant groups.

Shaheen said the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the name used by the Taliban for the country and their government, was committed to the agreement, signed in the Qatari capital, Doha.

The Taliban have violated the agreement by hosting and sheltering Zawahiri, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.