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CIA reveals model used to plan strike against Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri

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CIA reveals model used to plan strike against Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri

The model is part of a newly refurbished museum at CIA headquarters that looks at the agency’s work over its 75-year history, including some of its failures and setbacks.

By Dan De Luce

The CIA on Saturday unveiled the model of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s safe house in Kabul used to plan the U.S. drone strike that killed the Al-Qaeda leader last month.

The scale model of Zawahiri’s house was shown to reporters as part of a tour of a newly refurbished museum at the agency's headquarters.

“This was the model that was used to brief President Biden on the Zawahiri mission,” said Janelle Neises, deputy director of the CIA museum.

The model, about a foot long with precise detail, shows a miniature four-story white structure surrounded by a wall topped with concertina wire. Zawahiri was struck by a Hellfire missile as he stood on the balcony of the house, U.S. officials say. A balcony is clearly visible on the model.

Biden gave the green light for the drone strike after he was assured that there was a low risk of civilian casualties given the weapon to be used and the structure of the house, U.S. officials say.

In announcing the successful strike, Biden described al-Zawahiri as a “mastermind” of the 9/11 attacks and said he also played a key role in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

“He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats and American interests,” Biden said.

 

Full story https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cia-reveals-model-used-plan-strike-al-qaeda-leader-zawahiri-rcna49304

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