Taliban declare they weren’t conscious al Qaeda chief was residing in Kabul

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no information about Ayman al-Zawahiri’s arrival and stay in Kabul,” the Taliban stated in an announcement Thursday.

“The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has instructed the investigative and intelligence agencies to conduct a comprehensive and serious investigation into the various aspects of the incident,” the Taliban added.

US President Joe Biden introduced Monday that Zawahiri had been killed early Sunday by a US drone strike at a home in Kabul he had been residing in.

A senior US administration official stated senior Taliban figures from the Haqqani community have been conscious of the al Qaeda chief’s presence within the space and even took steps to hide his presence after the strike, limiting entry to the protected home and quickly relocating members of his household, together with his daughter and her kids.

The home through which al-Zawahiri was hiding is within the Sherpur space of the Inexperienced Zone, the place many of the officers from the earlier Afghan authorities used to dwell.

The Sherpur neighborhood was as soon as the positioning of an previous navy base, however throughout the years of civil battle and the Taliban’s rule within the Nineties it was left virtually unused.

In 2003, the Afghan protection ministry deserted it and the federal government divided it into greater than 50 plots, giving them to highly effective folks together with authorities ministers and different high-ranking officers, plus warlords and drug lords. Their homes quickly gained the nickname “poppy palaces.”

After the autumn of the Ashraf Ghani authorities in August 2021, nearly all of the house owners of Sherpur homes fled the nation and their homes have been confiscated by the Taliban.