‘Give Biden Credit’: Fox News Host Breaks From The Panel Over Zawahiri Killing

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade pushed back against his fellow hosts Tuesday, arguing that President Joe Biden should get some credit for the death of Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The panelists discussed Monday’s confirmation that Zawahiri had been killed in a drone strike near Kabul. The panelists took time to slam Biden for his “botched Afghanistan withdrawal,” and argued the withdrawal led to a resurgence of the terrorist group in the area.

The show then aired a clip of Biden, during which the president said the U.S. had eliminated Al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

“Clearly he’s wrong,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt said. “The leader of Al-Qaida was found and killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. The president just making the announcement yesterday and confirming his death but to your point, the U.N report said Al-Qaida is present in at least 15 provinces in Afghanistan. The inspector general reports that they’ve been bedmate onto a relationship with Al-Qaeda and provides safe havens like they did in this case for the terrorist group.”


“I think this should be celebrated,” Kilmeade said. “I also think out it leads to a lot of questions. Number one, what was the leader of Al-Qaida doing in Kabul? From what I’m hearing from a number of folks both in Afghanistan and the intelligence community, he’s been there for some time. So, what did the Taliban promise him? Why was he someone who’s been hiding for decades? Now, why did he feel so comfortable to really be out in the open.” (RELATED: Taliban Takeover Of Critical Areas During Biden Withdrawal Suggests Grim Future For Afghanistan)

“Listen, give Joe Biden credit,” Kilmeade went on to say. “He green-lighted this hit. It took him four months, but he green-lighted this hit and they executed. Give the CIA credit, and the president, in this case, says over the horizon it was effective. I’ve got it.”

The operation was carried out at 9:48 p.m. on July 30, or 6:18 a.m. Kabul time on July 31, by “an unnamed aerial vehicle,” the administration announced Monday. Zawahiri helped plan the 9/11 attacks and became leader of Al-Qaida in 2011 after the U.S. killed Osama Bin Laden. Zawahiri orchestrated several attacks against the U.S. throughout the years.