WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, released the following statement on news of the Biden administration’s counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan, killing Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri:

“I supported the President’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and this strike demonstrates that the U.S. still has the capacity and capability to conduct counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan to keep Americans safe. As the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri was a ruthless killer and orchestrator of the 9/11 attacks. I applaud President Biden and his administration for this decisive action that will help bring a measure of justice to the many Connecticut families that lost loved ones,” said Murphy.