The CIA has revealed a model they say is of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri’s safe house, used to brief President Joe Biden about the al-Qaida leader’s whereabouts before the agency reportedly killed him in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
According to an AP report, shortly after the reported death of al-Zawahri, White House officials released a photo showing Biden talking to CIA Director William Burns with a closed wooden box on the table in front of them.
The box's contents, a model of a white-walled house with at least five floors and three partially concealed balconies, are on display at the CIA Museum in the organization's Virginia headquarters.
“This modeling is basically an action intended to make the level of intelligence games more appealing,” said Rahmatullah Bizhanpoor, political analyst.
The museum is closed to the public and access is generally limited to the agency's employees and guests.
As part of a larger initiative to highlight the agency's history and accomplishments, the CIA allowed journalists to tour the museum, which had recently been renovated in time for the agency's 75th anniversary.
In this museum, next to the model of Ayman al-Zawahiri's house, seven stars are also displayed in honor of the seven CIA employees who were killed while trying to find al-Zawahiri in 2009 in suicide bombing by Al-Qaeda operatives at a base in Khost, Afghanistan.
These pictures are the first documents that officially show Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s hiding place in Kabul.
Previously, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized the US and said that Washington had not provided any documentation regarding the death of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in the American drone attack on Kabul.
The Islamic Emirate said that their findings regarding the claim that the Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in Kabul have not been finalized so far.
"Regarding the incident that occurred, the Islamic Emirate issued a statement at the time and continues to depend on the same statement now. The media will be informed whenever something is released if it is thought necessary,” Bilal Karimi, the Islamic Emirate's deputy spokesman.
Late in July, over a year after the US withdrew from Afghanistan, ending a two-decade war in which the CIA played a key role, in a speech the US president claimed that Ayman al-Zawahiri had been killed by an American drone in Kabul.