TOP AL-QAIDA LEADER KILLED BY U.S. DRONE STRIKE: The leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan. The death of Ayman al-Zawahiri is said to be the biggest strike against the terrorist group since the death of his predecessor, Osama bin Laden, in 2011. The mission was reportedly carried out by the CIA, but agency officials declined to comment on the matter.
- “He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats, and American interests,” President Joe Biden said in brief remarks from the White House. “Now, justice has been delivered. And this terrorist leader is no more.”
HUNDREDS MISSING IN KENTUCKY FLOODS: At least 37 people are confirmed dead and hundreds more have not been located as residents of several eastern Kentucky counties continue to struggle against catastrophic flooding. State, local, and federal relief workers are on the scene to help people clean up, but the rains have not let up.
CAPITOL RIOTER GETS 7-YEAR SENTENCE: A Texas man has been given a prison sentence in excess of seven years for his role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. Guy Reffitt wore a camera that recorded his own violent rhetoric during the Trump rally that preceded the riot, and then went to the Capitol armed with a gun. In court yesterday, Reffitt described himself as an “effing idiot.”
CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE ‘0%’ CONTAINED: The wildfire in northern California’s Klamath National Forest was 0 percent contained late yesterday despite the efforts of some 650 firefighters. Two bodies were recovered from a car parked in a driveway at the edge of the park. More than 2,000 residents have been urged to evacuate.
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