Taliban claim they unaware of al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

Associated Press |
Published: 08.04.22, 14:41
The Taliban broke its silence Thursday, days after a U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaida's top leader in Afghanistan's capital, acknowledging his slaying and pledging to launch an investigation.
The killing of Ayman al-Zawahri on the balcony of a Kabul safe house Sunday has further strained relations between the Taliban and the West, particularly as it seeks an urgent infusion of cash to handle an economic catastrophe there following the U.S. withdrawal from the country a year ago.
"The government and the leadership weren't aware of what is being claimed, nor any trace there, "Suhail Shaheen, the head of the group's political office in Doha, Qatar, told The Associated Press in a text message.