In the culmination of a manhunt that lasted almost 21 years, the U.S. government appears to have located and killed Ayman al-Zawahiri. Here are the legal questions the Biden administration likely worked through before the strike.
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The future of a post-Zawahiri al-Qaeda rests in the hands of the terrorist group’s next leader, whomever that may be.
[Update: Several people reached out after I posted last night, drawing attention to the fact that al-Mourabitoun (also spelled al Murabitun) apparently reunited with AQIM after its initial separation from the group. On the other hand, others reached out to point to indications that the particular leader at the center of the current storm—al Sahraoui—may still lead a splinter faction that resisted/resists the return to the AQIM fold.
Are we about to see a significant shift in U.S. government policy relating to the use of targeted lethal force for counterterrorism purposes?
Maybe, according to an important article by Charlie Savage and Eric Schmitt in the New York Times. Here’s what you need to know: