Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, was assassinated by U.S. forces on Tuesday, prompting the U.S. State Department to issue a travel advisory for U.S. citizens.
His assassination in a weekend drone hit in Kabul dealt Al Qaeda its most significant blow since the 2011 death of Osama bin Laden, prompting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to declare that “justice had been served.”
Following the attack, the State Department warned U.S. citizens traveling abroad to “keep a high level of alertness and strong situational awareness.”
“Current evidence suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist acts against U.S. interests in many places across the world,” the department said in a statement.
These attacks may include suicide operations, assassinations, abductions, hijackings, and explosions.
Sunday morning, two Hellfire missiles attacked the 71-year-old Egyptian jihadist as he stood on the balcony of a three-story house in the Afghan capital, according to a senior Biden administration official.
It was the first known strike by the United States over the horizon against a target in Afghanistan since the United States withdrew its soldiers from the country on August 31, 2014, days after the Taliban retook power.
On Tuesday, the Taliban criticized the drone strike but did not mention the victims nor the name Zawahiri.