Former security chief ‘skeptical’ on timing of al Qaeda leader’s death: ‘Let me throw some cold water on this’

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Fred Fleitz, who is the former chief of staff of Trump’s National Security Council and a 19-year veteran of the CIA, is not convinced that President Biden actually succeeded in killing al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Fleitz claims he is “skeptical” that a CIA drone strike took out the terrorist a year after the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. There has been no proof of death yet. Only the bragging over the dispatching of the monster by an administration that has reportedly had to walk back a number of similar claims.

In a strike that appeared to Fleitz to be far too convenient, Zawahiri was said to have been taken out on a balcony outside of Taliban-controlled Kabul by the CIA using a drone, according to multiple reports. Although the Taliban confirmed there was a drone strike, they notably did not confirm that Zawahiri was killed.

When interviewing Fleitz on “Special Report,” Fox News host Bret Baier commented that U.S. intelligence officials have been hunting for Zawahiri for years and have never been able to pin him down. He asked Fleitz what he thought of the claim that Zawahiri was no more.

The vice chair of the conservative America First Policy Institute Center for American Security proceeded to assert that he had his doubts about Zawahiri actually being dead.

“If that is true, this is a real win, sure, but let me throw some cold water on this. I am skeptical a year after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan this happens. I’d like to know how this happened and how did it happen. Now, do we know that he was really killed? There was no Western media on the ground to confirm this,” Fleitz stated.

The strike also notably occurred three months before the midterm elections.

He went on to point out that last year the country was told no civilians were killed in a deadly drone strike in Kabul as the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan.

“That was not true,” he asserted, before tearing into the Biden administration.

“I’m afraid that they have a habit of saying things that are not accurate,” Fleitz bluntly charged. “I hope that this is accurate and I want to give Joe Biden credit, but I also want Congress to investigate this to find out what really happened.”

Baier noted on “The Five” Monday that the killing of Osama bin Laden’s successor was a huge win for the U.S. and for the president. He called it Biden’s “Bin Laden moment” and said his address following the strike was a chance to declare victory and vindicate some of the president’s actions in the Middle East.

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“This is a huge, huge win for the U.S. and we expect to hear that and where the fight goes from here as far as taking out other terrorists,” Baier noted.

“If everything we’re hearing is accurate and we believe it to be true. They had some active intelligence from people on the ground that we’re working with and that led to this residence and it led to this CIA drone strike so that over-the-horizon strike capability was there, despite the concerns still about where Afghanistan is with the Taliban and without kind of guidance of U.S. forces, at least in the over the horizon capability,” he explained.

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