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(FreedomWire.org) – The White House said Monday it successfully conducted “a counterterrorism operation” over the weekend that killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The operation, senior administration officials told reporters during a background call, was conducted at 9:48 p.m. Eastern time July 30 – or 6:18 a.m Kabul time July 31 – and carried out “by an unmanned aerial vehicle.” It was the result of several months of “careful, patient and persistent work,” one official added.

“We have multiple intelligence sources, via multiple methods, that have been able to confirm that this was al-Zawahiri and that we were successful in achieving our objective,” the official said, declining to detail specifics.

Zawahiri helped plan the 9/11 attacks and took over as the leader of Al Qaeda after the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, CNN reported.

Zawahiri also helped orchestrate multiple other attacks against U.S. targets over the years. A senior administration official described Zawahiri as “a significant Al Qaeda target” in a statement earlier Monday. Officials maintained that the air strike resulted in no civilian casualties.

Zawahiri and his family moved to a safe house in Afghanistan within the past year, and though it’s believed that he never left the compound, he would often hang out on a balcony, according to a senior administration official. Ultimately, the U.S. government was able to kill Zawahiri on July 30 as he was on that balcony, and none of his family members are believed to have died as a result of the air strike.

“His death deals a significant blow to al Qaeda,” the official told reporters, adding that the safe house “is now empty.”

The operation followed many months of research and planning, and the senior administration official explained that “only a very small group of officials were aware” of the intelligence and planning.

Biden received several briefings throughout the operation’s planning and ultimately had a final briefing July 25. The senior administration official cautioned that “we should not be surprised if” the former al Qaeda leader “filmed additional videos that may be released after his death.”

Biden gave remarks on the operation at the White House on Monday evening, which comes as the U.S. nears its one-year anniversary of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

When conservative protesters marched peacefully into the Capitol, Democrats were quick to label them “terrorists.” But when it’s a leftist mob armed with deadly weapons? Well, let’s just say you won’t hear about ir on CNN. The media has barely, if at all, touched the latest in a series of leftist terrorist attacks — this time on a hotel in Washington.

On Sunday, Antifa stormed the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. The group was heavily armed with hatchets, knives, batons, and an array of other weapons that, if possessed by conservatives waving American flags, would normally cause the Left to screech “terrorism” for weeks on end.

Terrified staff and hotel guests were forced to run and hide from the mob of deranged leftist terrorists. Still, not a peep from MSNBC. The group, known as Oly Housing Now, occupied 17 rooms in the hotel and demanded free housing for the homeless. While wanting to house the homeless is not a bad thing, this group resorted to terrorism to do so.

Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” This group had a political and social objective. And they certainly used force and violence to coerce the civilian population in furtherance of that goal. The hotel issued the following statement on the attack:

At about 11 a.m. today, people inside the Red Lion began calling 911 to report a group was attempting to forcibly take over the hotel. OPD received reports that the employees felt under threat from the group, and that an employee was allegedly assaulted.

Employees reported that some members of the activist group inside the hotel were armed with items such as hatchets, batons, knives and had gasmasks, helmets and goggles apparently in preparation for a confrontation. OPD estimated about 45 members of the group inside and outside of the hotel.

At the time of the occupation, approximately 40 rooms in the hotel were booked with guests who were bystanders to the incident. Those guests sheltered in their rooms during the occupation, and OPD is providing a safe place for them as the hotel is cleared.

Fortunately, police were able to bravely stop the domestic terrorist occupation of the hotel.

According to reports, the terrorists became violent as police moved in to contain the situation. Democrats love to use the one example they have of things getting out of hand to label all of us “terrorists” but choose to ignore the actual terrorists in their own ranks. The phone call is coming from inside the house, Dems.