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there's still a little bit of drier at the surfaces taking some of the wetness out of this rain, but we're still seeing some green and yellow even up across the north bay if you're trying to ride on 101 it could come down heavy enough that you use the windshield wipers once or twice and it could thing. the streets could get a little slippery. now when i'm looking at is what's down to our south see those bolt delightings right above the weather forecast banner those are heading our way and they'll continue to rotate around that low out over the coast and that is what is going to make these move to the north anticipate as we head into the overnight hours. it'll remain mild and humid and there's one more chance of showers tomorrow. i'll show you that coming up larry. all right, mike. see you in a few minutes developing news now it is the largest wildfire burning in the state and now it has become deadly the so-called mckinney fire burning near the oregon border in the klamath national forest. it's blamed day for at least two deaths abc 7 news reporter zach fuentes live with an update on how long the fight ahead will go
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for fire crews zach. yeah, again to reiterate it's being called the largest wildfire so far this season. we now know that the mckinney fire has burned more than 55,000 acres and a 0% contained remember this only started on friday and today of course. we now know that two lives have been lost in so many others have been impacted and we got to speak and have been keeping up with area residents who live close to the fire and are already feeling its effects. thousands of acres burned more than 100 structures destroyed and now more tragedy linked to the mckinney fire after two people were found dead in a vehicle the car was found in a driveway in the wildfire zone. cal fire says overnight weather helped tamed down some of the fires spread but vegetation in the area is extremely dry crews continue to strategize on how to best utilize resources focusing right now on a town most that risk ideas to protect yreka. we really loaded up that a fire justice of yreka through spotty
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reception sharon trentino and duane moore. show me what life looks like at their ranch the fire bringing in a barrier. that's eclipse. what's normally a clear view of mountains? that's all smoke and haze then right. well smoking haze the husband and wife moved to their ranch from the bay area more than a year ago after years of seeing the damage wildfires can do they say they chose their new home carefully. i love this house because i love this house, but it also is cement fiber board composite shingle roof. not a lot of a lot of big trees right around me so that i have a dispensable space, but still they in their neighbors are preparing to evacuate with their important items packed up in an rv tanks are filled water tanks are filled but we're gonna try really hard not to go because we can we can stay in the middle of a big gravel pit and hopefully that won't burn as a work continues to fight this extreme fire trentino and more say they're doing all they can to stay out of the smoke and keep up. hope grateful for the people working around the clock to protect their community.
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now as for the cause of the fire, it is still under investigation, but earlier this afternoon the us forest service said, it's clear that this fire was not caused by lightning now happening just under an hour. there's going to be a community meeting streamed for those impacted by the fire. we're going to be monitoring that meeting and bringing you the latest from it later this evening at 6:00 right now live in the south bay zach fuentes abc 7 news exact. thank you progress for cruise battling the oak fire, which is burning near yosemite firefighters. hasn't grown in the last day, which is good news and contained has jumped up to 72% and all that fire is burned more than 19,000 acres destroying at least 116 homes, since it broke out july 22nd exact cause yet to be determined you can track all the wildfires that are burning now across california using our online interactive wildfire tracker, which you can find at abc 7 waited in a long line today in san francisco for a monkeypox vaccine clinic it reopened today at zuckerberg.
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of general hospital abc 7 news reporter ryan curry was there and talk to people about the hurdles involved in getting vaccinated. line stretching city block after block hundreds waited hoping to get a dose of the monkey pox vaccine. san francisco is trying to keep up with a low supply met with very high demand. there's clearly i mean general has been doing this for weeks. now, there's tremendous demand tremendous unmet demand. we need more vaccines supervisor rafael mandelman waited in line in the early morning hours to receive a dose. i got myself here by about 5:30, and i was the 123rd person in line folks that come with and it's really good idea to bring a folding chair or something because you're going to be standing for an hour or two or longer a hundred and twenty three people in line at 5:30 route to hundreds more throughout the morning. we're the epicenter of the monkeypox epidemic right now. we've got about half the cases in california and about 2% of the state's population. so it's right that we get vaccine. we just wish we had more so we
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could serve the community better. san francisco declared a state of emergency to allocate more resources towards getting people vac. but even with that declared they say they need help from the federal government. we asked for 35,000 doses as a start two or three weeks ago at this point, we've received a total of 12,000 doses. we think we need more like 70,000 doses so we are way short and supervisor. mandelman did say there's really only one lab right now that is responsible for making these vaccines and they simply just can't meet the ever so growing demand right now that we're seeing across san francisco, which is why he and other leaders are hoping to push the federal governmentho need them. we're in san francisco ryan curry abc 7 news. and in the east bay oakland police are looking for help identifying those involved in yesterday's shooting at a youth football game three people including a six year old girl remain in the hospital today after being shot during the game
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in oakland technical high school with 500 people in attendance. police. say the incident began as a dispute in the stands and then it escalated shots were fired inside and outside the stadium involving multiple people armed with handguns. it makes no sense. that children are out here playing football and family and friends are watching these games and people will come arm with guns. that is really unfortunate that they put the lives of young people and families in danger because of their selfishness. police say they're reviewing video of the shooting. this is the second violent incident involving the team the oakland. dynamites in the last year and a half and abc news reporter abc 7 news reporter lena howland is going to have more on that part of the story coming up at 5 o'clock a loud protest took place this morning outside nancy pelosi's san francisco office over her proposed visit to taiwan. organizers s escalate
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s met o white house is exercisg caution while trying to tamp down any concerns while still supporting her trip china has called this visit a provocation. it is not uncommon for congressional leaders to travel to taiwan. it is very much in keeping with our policy and consistent with our support to taiwan under the taiwan relations act. that we shouldn't be as a country. we shouldn't be intimidated by by that rhetoric. reports say pelosi will visit taiwan tomorrow and wednesday china have used the island as its own and a breakaway province. now if nancy pelosi does visit taiwan, it has the potential to ignite a significant conflict. perhaps even some global proportions. we're going to get some perspective from film material coming up here our abc 7 news insider and we'll take a break and then we'll check in with phil when we come back right
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ask your doctor about entresto let's get back to our conversation concerning nancy pelosi's scheduled visit to taiwan and the implications that it may have as we bring an abc 7 news insider film material. so phil, how is this raising tension between the us and china specifically, well specifically it's a matter of face. what we have here is a situation
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that we've long seen in the united states and especially here in the bay area of a dual relationship between the people's republic of china and taiwan, but people's republic of china believes that taiwan is a part of the people's republic of china taiwan's believe that they are independent that they left after the communist take over and that they are not planning on going back what we often have in san francisco in the bay area are delegations or people like nancy pelosi who go to china and then they go to taiwan on their way back in other words to give face to both but right now china is upset that taiwan is going to be visited by the person that's third in line for the presidency after joe biden kamala harris. it's nancy pelosi now, larry this is has a little bit to do with face. but also there's ongoing tensions, especially like i said here in the bay area with china over a number of issues everything from free tibet to the uighurs the treatment of the minorities muslim minorities in the far western side of china trade also to be honest.
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we also have a lot of esp going on here in the bay area where the chinese are often accused of pilfering our tech. so it's attention rising rising and now with nancy pelosi as this being in this top speaker the house going there add that to it. so when you look at the bay area take the rest of the united states out of it. it's kind of a balancing act between china and taiwan because obviously you want to have good relations with both sides. yeah, you know years ago about 20 years ago. there used to be actually a competition it down in chinatown between who was flying which flag whether it was going to be republic of china or taiwan and there were two distinct factions here in the city, but about in the mid 80s that started to melt away as china's economic. boom. rose up and people had a sense of pride and more pragmatism the prc became the dominant force in san francisco. and you know, it's a very cozy relatish mayors in francisco ha it was great relations with
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co general of from china here as a matter of fact, they often dine with them. they visit china regularly have just about london breed hasn't done it yet, but the mayors in the past often go to china diane feinstein started the first sister city operation with shanghai. that was a big breakthrough thing, but is also been tensions for example dianne feinstein for 20 years her driver here in san francisco was a chinese agent turned out to be a chinese agent and was reporting regularly of the chinese government we've had so we've had this sort of friendly but tense at the same time relationship. i would say that would raise some tension right there. what about the long-term perception of the democratic party if this visit does indeed go through is this all just momentary rhetoric or is there any long-term ramification to this? well, the long term ramifications are the question ultimately of what is taiwan's designation in not just the bay area but in the united states and in the world, is it an independent country or is it going to be like hong kong that is absorbed. you have to remember that we here in the bay.
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are celebratory when hong kong was returned to the china and chinese is the idea would be two countries one country, but two different forms of government and that the hong kong would enjoy a certain amount of independence that has improved the case. there's been crackdowns recently on democracy there and that is added to the tension. so larry whatever happens between us in china whether it's students coming in from uc whether it's apple products being manufactured there. this is going to be a long and it possibly bumpy rel. and ship is now as people are reevaluating what appears to be a new mood in china much more militant than it has been in the past 10 years. all right, so given all of the things that you've mentioned here. what's the upside potentially for nancy pelosi to visit taiwan. the upside is to reaffirm the fact that we support taiwan and that we will stand with them if they are invaded and that is a counter message going back to china president. joe biden might not wanting to be sending that right now given the ukraine and other in around
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the world, but house speaker nancy pelosi has long been an advocate for human rights in china. she was back in 1989 when i talked to her and she's been consistent ever since then and if she's going to wrap it up his speaker the house she's going to put a an exclamation mark at the end of it. so she in this case is the one sort of dictating a certain amount of foreign policy interesting phil as always appreciate your insight and right after this we'll go check to see your driver and make sure make sure he's on our side. all right. take care. all right. thanks bill. all right, breaking news and about half an hour from now president. joe. biden is scheduled to make a televised statement about what the white house is describing as a successful counter-terrorism operation abc news reports that a ciaa drone strike killed al-qaeda leader. i'm an alzawahi in afghanistan. we will take the president's speech live as it happens right here on abc 7 education one of the issues that we focus on our efforts to build a better bay area today, look at what could
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be a classroom crisis. that is a teacher shortage in two weeks. most bay area school districts will be back in session abc 7 news senior education reporter leanne melendez explains a few districts are really scrambling right now to hire more teachers. last year, andrew a few years as a consulting actuary and i wanted to do something else. i wanted to give something back if there are any retired folks out there who are still stood and being part of a workforce and would be interested in being an educator in a classroom. we would love to have you now. that's the message being put out by the san francisco unified school district as of last week. they have filled 75% of the nearly 500 classroom vacancies. we're at about 135 teacher vacancies at this moment, and we are 100% committed to having a teacher in every classroom. there are many reasons why they've had so many vacancies
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more teachers then they anticipated retired past layoffs have dissuaded young candidates from applying and then there's the cost of living the cost of housing in san francisco is not our friend many school districts around the bay area face the same problem and have come up with creative solutions mount diablo is offering signing bonuses $5,000 for science math and bilingual educators and 10,000 for special education teachers. oakland is asking parents to encourage. people within their network or on social media to apply for a teaching position. san francisco is considering buying ads on muni and they want people to know that you don't need a credential to teach if people come with that situation. we'll get them set up with earning their credential along the way you won't have a better psychic reward and seeing the kids appreciate what you're doing and you helping them along teaching jobs in san francisco can be found at careers.sf usd.
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edu in san francisco leanne melendez abc 7 news a santa clara valley nonprofit is helping students prepare for school. today's sunnyvale community services hosted a back-to-school drive-thru event for children and their families. they handed out school supplies along with $100 gift cards for backpacks shoes and other essentials last year. we helped about 1700 children this year. we're forecasting 2,000 children the school supplies in these gift cards are one way for them to hole for them to feel that the community cares. they have a life in front of them that the children are going to be able to have a very very wonderful start to the new year. the drive-through event continues until 7:00 tonight. there's also a walk-up event tomorrow from 8:00 in the morning until noon those attending must be registered through the organization. all right, larry. i don't know seeing people carrying around umbrellas and what is going on well ever in northern california last few
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years, but mike we've had that in august 1st right in rainfall how unusual it's supposed to be focused and it came in with a different agenda this year and it's nice to see people had umbrellas. that means that we were getting out the station and they were receiving it and yes when i walked out the door this morning the wafting smell of fresh rain and seen the street was damp and the you know sidewalks were damped. that was so nice to see and we haven't had the bad side effects of fire starts. all right, let's take a look at what's going on from sutro tower. you see a little bit of vertical development a little bit of a lull right here, but let me show you what's going on in other areas and what we're going to do there is we're going to talk about what's going on with our there we go, our highlights showers and thunderstorms they taper tonight, but there's a lesser chance of showers tomorrow and the middle part of this week. it definitely features some heat, especially in our inland neighborhood. so here's a look at live doppler 7 and you can see those body
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showers all over the place. so let's kind of dial down and find out where some of the however, your ones are falling right now and that would be on the peninsula and guys. i'll be honest with you. i'm having trouble with the computer. i can't control it right now. let's see if i can do it manually and here we go. you can see a little bit right there. and that is heading across the bay. so watch out the dumbarton bridge the san mateo bridge and possibly even the bay bridge maybe a little wet as these are continuing to head off towards the east in fact, let's take a look where else we're seeing that you can see up in the north bay. also across santa rosa heading up. ain't helena healdsburg, and also cloverdale. so what we're going to see as we take a bigger picture is that thunderstorm is kind of falling apart, but there's still that instability out there and that's about 95 miles away. so that's still a couple hours away if it even holds together, but you can definitely see more thunderstorms developing off the shore and that is actually upwind if you will here's some unofficial rain total doesn't you see nearly a tenth of an
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inch and napa oakland about 300 same thing in pinole lake creek, san carlos and say about 200 and while this isn't an unfamiliar pattern, it's not one that happens a lot. at least not on august 1st because most of our rain totals for today in our records are nothing so some of these areas may actually set record rainfalls. all right, you can see 49. so the south bay after the storm's cleared out the air dry considerably now, the highest dew points are up in the north bay where we're going to have the best chance of rain tonight 61 if you're heading out for your normal walk this evening. it's gonna feel a little muggier than normal. maybe take some water and expect to perspire a little bit more temperatures are running 69 in san francisco to about 89 in livermore and you had that mug and it's it feels about a degree or too warmer than that and look at that sunshine also down in san jose. look at these temperatures by ten o'clock. we're still 60 at the coast near 70 to 76 degrees for our bay and inland so a mild night on the way. yes, if you had the windows open last night you were not comfortable. you keep the windows open
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tonight. you'll be even less comfortable. so if you have an air conditioner, you may have to run it just to get the humidity out of the air. get normal sleeping patterns as temperatures will fall into the upper 50s to nearly 70 degrees and tomorrow. we'll have our normal summer spread 60s to nearly 90 inland. so here's a look at tomorrow's future radar start off with cloud cover a little drizzle from the marine layer. and then here you go one more slight chance of some wet weather coming in. i kept it out of the forecast for the most part, but if the radar is active you'll know why most of that will evaporate before it reaches the ground larry liz, we'll take all the rain we can get especially with the 96 degree. coming in london the next few days coming up a first of its kind celebration began today in san francisco. welcome back to the kickoff of trans history month the newly established tradition honors the vibrancy of transculture and recognizes the progress that still needs to be made and right there. you're looking at northern california home to the world's tallest living tree. we'll give you an up close look and now getting that look comes at a cost.
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today is an event to remind us of the past and sadly the fact that some of the issues of the past. still exists in 2022 right here in this country, which shows us we have more work to do. last year san francisco became the first city in the country to recognize transgender history month. the world's largest living tree located park issued a statement last week, and anybody who's caught near this tree named hyperion can face up to six months in jail as well as a $5,000 fine. the coastal redwood tree is 380 feet. tall hyperion is deep in the park. it actually has no trails leading to it, but that tree is faced in serious environmental degradation from people who have visited since 2006. when it was found by a pair of naturalists. he was a champion on the court and for civil rights you may have heard about nba great bill
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the greatest athletes not only in bay area history, but when you consider all of american sports abc 7 news reporter dustin dorsey explains as incredible as russell's accomplishments were on the court 11 championships. it was his impact off the court that will be immortalized. forever with the passing of nba legend bill russell the world not only lost one of the greatest athletes but a monumental figure in human history to see how he has carried himself over the course of his life. i think is a testament to all of us who are standing in his shadows who are standing in the path that he has created for many of us after growing up in oakland russell worked his way to a hall of fame nba career in 11 champion. evening. we're coming on the air because president biden is about to address the nation revealing. the leader of al-qaeda has been killed in a us airstriking kabul. i'm in alzawahari. one of the world's most wanted terrorists the successor toolsama bin laden a key
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strategist behind el cotta's most vicious attacks against america. he helped plan the 9/11 attacks many say, he was an architect a. many say he was an architect of that attack and the assault of american soldiers in somalia in 1993, the bombing of the u.s. embassies in ken qaa and tans naya in 1998 and the bombing of the "uss cole" for many americans this was a long time coming and he was killed in an operation over the weekend and we are expected to hear details about what happened. president biden, then vice president was in the situation room with president obama when special forces took out osama bin laden in pakistan in 2011. we are awaiting to hear from president biden in just a few minutes. of course, we know he remains in isolation at this time due to his covid. we are waiting to see him there at the podiums. zawahiri actually succeeded bin laden as head of al qaeda in
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2011. the state department had previously offered rewards of up to $25 million for any information leading to his apprehension. as we heard earlier today from our chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz he was hiding in plain sight, not that he was hiding in caves at all and he was right there in the city of kabul. >> my fellow americans, on saturday, upon my direction, the united states successfully concluded an air strike in kabul, afghanistan, that killed the amir of al qaeda ayman al zawahiri. you know, zawahiri was bin laden's leader and was with him the whole time and the number two man at the time of the terrorist attack of 9/11. he was deeply involved in the planning of 9/11. one of the most responsible for the attacks that murdered 2,977
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people on american soil. for decades he was the mastermind behind attacks against americans including the bombing of the "uss cole" which killed american sailors and wounded dozens more and played a key role in the bombing in kenya and tanzania killing 224 and wounding over 4,500 others. he carved a trail of murder and violence against american citizens, american service members, american diplomats and american interests, and since the united states delivered just t ice to bin laden, al zawahiri was the b leader. from hiding he coordinated al qaeda's branches and all around the world including setting priorities for providing operational guidance that called for and inspired attacks against u.s. targets. he made videos including in
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recent weeks calling for his followers to attack the united states and our allies. now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more. people around the world no longer need to fear the visciou and determined killer. the united states continues to demonstrate our resolve and capacity to defend the american people against those who seek to do us harm. you know, we -- we make it clear again tonight that no matter how long it takes, no matter where you hide, if you are a threat to our people the united states will find you and take you out. after relentlessly seeking zawahiri under presidents bush, obama and trump, our intelligence community locate zawahiri earlier this year, and he moved to downtown kabul to reunite with members of his immediate family. after carefully considering of clear and convincing evidence of his location, i authorized a
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precision strike that would remove him from the battlefield once and for all. this mission was carefully planned, rigorously minimize the risk of harm to other civilians and one week ago, after being advised of the conditions were optimal, i gave the final approval to go get him and the mission was a success. none of his family members were hurt and there were no civilian casualties. i am sharing this news with the american people now after confirming the mission's total success through the painstaking work of our counter terrorism community and key allies and partners. my administration has kept congressional leaders informed, as well. when i ended our military mission in afghanistan almost a year ago i made a decision that after 20 years of war the united states no longer needed thousands of boots on the ground in afghanistan to protect america from terrorists who seek to do us harm, and i made a
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promise to the american people that we continue to conduct effective counter terrorism operations in afghanistan and beyond. we've done just that. in february, our forces conducted a daring mission in syria that eliminated the emir of isis and took out another isis leader and now we have eliminated the emir of al qaeda. he will never again, never again allow afghanistan to become a terrorist safe haven because he's gone and we are going to make sure that nothing else happens. >> you know, it can't be a launching pad to the united states. we hve to see that that doesn't happen. this operation is a clear demonstration that we will, we can and we will always make good on a solemn pledge. my administration will continue to vigilantly monitor and address threats from al qaeda no matter where they emanate from.
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>> as commander in chief, it is to make it safe in a dangerous war. the united states did not seek this war on terror, it came to us. we answered with the same principles and resolve that have shaped us for a generation upon generation, to protect the innocent, to defend liberty and we keep the light of freedom burning a beacon for the rest of the entire world because this is a great and defining truth about our nation and our people. we do not break. we never give in. we never back down. last year on september 11th i once more paid my respect to ground zero in new york city at the quiet field in shanksville and at the pentagon. standing at the memorial at ground zero, seeing the names of those who died forever etched in bronze is a powerful reminder of the sacred promise we made as a nation. we will never forget.
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the memorial also bears the quotation of reversion, no day shall e vrase you from the memo of time. no day shall erase you from the memory of time so we continue to mourn every innocent life that was stolen on 9/11. in honor of their families and to the families who lost fathers, mothers, son, daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and coworkers on that searing september day, it is my hope that this decisive action will bring one more measure of closure. no day shall erase them from the memory of time. today and every day, i am so grateful for the superb patriotism to serve the united states intelligence community and counter terrorism communities. they never forget. those dedicated women and men who tirelessly worked every single day to work our country safe to prevent future tragedies, it is thanks to their
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extraordinary persistence and skill that this operation was a success. they've made us all safer and to those around the world and continue to seek to harm the united states, hear me now, we will always remain vigilant and we will act and we will always do what is necessary to ensure the safety and security of americans at home and around the globe. today we remember the lost. we commit ourselves to the safety of the living and we pledge that we shall never waiver from defending our nation and its people. thank you all and may god protect our troops and all those who serve in harm's way. we will never, we will never give up. >> president biden there with a clear message, no matter who you are, if you are a threat to our people, the united states will find you and take you out. he just outlines zawahiri's key roles in the attacks, bombings
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and key role around the world for several decades saying he carried a trail of murder and violence against american citizens, once again, justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more. let's get right to abc's chief global affairs anchor martha raddatz. martha, we know this was a drone strike that he was apparently hiding in plain sight. give us a sense of the timetable here. >> a senior administration official briefed this evening and said that they had been watching him for several months. he moved to that safe house as president biden said because his family was there, a wife and daughter and other children were there, as well, but it was two hellfire missiles fired from a cia drone right over that house in the center of kabul in one of the most wealthy neighborhoods in kabul. he was out on the balcony of that home and those hellfire missiles took him out and they say there were no civilian
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casualties that they know of at this time and his family was inside and they were not killed. we have also learned that the taliban, senior taliban commanders knew that zawahiri was in kabul and clearly did nothing about that and that is going to be a serious issue with the u.s., that they were harboring a terrorist like zawahiri after saying they would not harbor any terrorist in kabul. think, the taliban took over just about a year ago in august last year when the u.s. troops were all moving out of there. that may have emboldened zawahiri to be more open about his presence feeling he had the protection of the taliban, but boy, president biden said it right. the cia, the u.s. was persistent. they found him. they tracked him down and they killed him. >> as you mentioned, as well, as the president many had thought that once the american troops
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pulled out nearly a year ago from afghanistan that the intel might be limited on the ground without having those boots on the ground. >> exactly, and you can imagine that the administration will use this again and again saying look, we can still go after people the so-called over the horizon counter terrorist operations that they can still go after people, but it will still be difficult, linsey. there were no u.s. anybody, zero u.s. presence on the ground in kabul. they certainly got help from someone in trying to identify him positively. we don't really know who that is, but there were no u.s. boots on the ground, no u.s. intel officers as far as we know anywhere near that house, and they were still able to pull this off with help from somebody, i'm sure. >> martha raddatz, our thanks to you as always. now let's bring in abc white house correspondent cecilia vega. the president obviously still in isolation from covid.
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his administration has taken numerous hits over the month. what does this mean? it feels like he was taking a bit of a victory lap today. >> yeah. i think you're exactly right, linsey, a victory lap and as marthsa said a little bit of i told you so coming from the president and senior administration officials here. they were criticized pretty heavily for the botched withdrawal that we all covered in depth about a year ago this time. it was about a year ago right now that president biden had started to pull troops out of afghanistan, and at the time the white house faced very serious criticism from -- from many across this city and beyond that's basically saying that they wouldn't be able to continue to get intelligence if american troops were not there on the ground and in that region, and at the time they said that would still be possible despite this criticism and you are hearing from the administration right now from senior administration officials that say this is proof you don't need american troops on the ground and in harm's way in
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afghanistan in order to get this intel like you're seeing come out of the white house right now. >> cecilia vega from the white house for us. again, the president talked about how meticulously this had been planned out and that he went out of his way to make sure there were no civilian casualties. i want to bring in pierre thomas. >> zawahiri described as having prolific videos and messages trying to attract more terrorists and that was still coming now over the last few decades. >> indeed, linsey, when he would put out these videos law enforcement and intelligence officials would be scrambling about the potential for imminent attacks and law enforcement officials say this is a measure of justice because he was in the room on that day when osama bin laden recorded a video bragging about how they had killed so many americans on 9/11. they say justice has been served. >> our correspondent pierre
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