The killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri: the tip of the targeted killing iceberg

Posted: 3rd August 2022

03/08/2022Chris Cole

President Biden announcing the targeted killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri

Drone assassination returned briefly to the top of the news agenda this week with the US targeted killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul. Many could be forgiven for thinking this was the first drone targeted killing since the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimaniin January 2020, but behind the scenes the use of drones for these type of operations is growing – and spreading.…
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