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R. Kumar speaks to us on the focused killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, and what it means for al-Qaeda and the Taliban

R. Kumar speaks to us on the focused killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, and what it means for al-Qaeda and the Taliban

The focused killing of al-Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, by an American missile in Kabul on July 31 has raised many questions on the doable impression of this assassination. It comes practically 11 years after the U.S. took out al-Zawahiri’s boss, Osama bin Laden, in a floor operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

A focal point in each killings is that bin Laden and al-Zawahiri had been hiding in plain sight in cities – one Pakistani and the opposite Afghan.

Will this result in a weakened al-Qaeda, unable to interact in terrorist actions overseas? Will the killing improve al-Qaeda offshoots just like the Islamic State? Was the Taliban giving shelter to al-Zawahiri in Kabul or did they tip the Individuals off about his presence? Will the Taliban now get additional remoted?

Visitor: R. Kumar, who retired as Particular Secretary from India’s exterior intelligence company, the Analysis & Evaluation Wing (R&AW), and spent lengthy years engaged on counter-terrorism and Pakistan-related points.

Host: Amit Baruah, Senior Affiliate Editor, The Hindu.

Edited by Ranjani Srinivasan

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