How did the American strike succeed in killing Ayman al-Zawahiri in his balcony with the utmost precision?  BBC News Arabic

How did the American strike succeed in killing Ayman al-Zawahiri in his balcony with the utmost precision? BBC News Arabic

  • Bernd Debusman Jr. and Chris Partridge
  • BBC News

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The site where al-Zawahiri is said to have been targeted on his balcony in Kabul, with the balcony now covered

An hour or more after sunrise on July 31, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri came out and stood on the balcony of his house in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, reportedly a favorite practice of the Egyptian jihadist after prayer.

This was the last thing he did that day.

At exactly 06:18 local time (01:38 GMT), two missiles landed on the balcony of the house, and the strike killed Al-Zawahiri, aged 71, without harming his wife or daughter inside, and it appears that all the damage caused by the strike confined to the balcony.

How was it possible to carry out the strike with such accuracy? The United States has faced criticism in the past for misidentified air strikes, killing civilians.

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