By Mostafa Salem, Ehsan Popalzai, Paul P. Murphy and Ivana Kottasova | VFAB
The Taliban have claimed they ended up not mindful that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was residing in the Afghan money of Kabul the place the US explained he was killed in a drone strike in excess of the weekend.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri’s arrival and keep in Kabul,” the Taliban said in a statement Thursday.
“The management of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the investigative and intelligence organizations to carry out a complete and serious investigation into the many aspects of the incident,” the Taliban extra.
US President Joe Biden announced Monday that Zawahiri had been killed early Sunday by a US drone strike at a house in Kabul he had been residing in.
A senior US administration formal explained senior Taliban figures from the Haqqani community have been aware of the al Qaeda chief’s existence in the location and even took measures to conceal his existence soon after the strike, limiting access to the risk-free property and rapidly relocating associates of his spouse and children, including his daughter and her young children.
The dwelling in which al-Zawahiri was hiding is in the Sherpur space of the Eco-friendly Zone, in which most of the officers from the former Afghan governing administration used to reside.
The Sherpur community was when the site of an previous army foundation, but for the duration of the yrs of civil conflict and the Taliban’s rule in the 1990s it was left almost unused.
In 2003, the Afghan protection ministry deserted it and the government divided it into more than 50 plots, offering them to highly effective people like governing administration ministers and other large-rating officers, additionally warlords and drug lords. Their residences soon received the nickname “poppy palaces.”
Immediately after the tumble of the Ashraf Ghani government in August 2021, the the greater part of the homeowners of Sherpur houses fled the place and their houses ended up confiscated by the Taliban.