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9/11 families reflect on killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, say they want Saudi government held accountable as well

NEW YORK — One of the masterminds behind the 9/11 terror assaults was killed by a U.S. drone strike final weekend in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, CBS2’s Jessica Moore spoke with families who lost family members within the assault on New York City almost 21 years in the past.

They are strangers bonded by frequent grief. One lost a husband, one other a father, and one other his brother on 9/11.

On Monday, the U.S. introduced the architect of the assault, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed in Kabul by two Hellfire missiles.

“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,” President Joe Biden mentioned.

Families of the victims name it a small victory, together with Terry Strada, who lost her husband, and Dennis McGinley, who lost his brother.

“I feel good that this evil person is no longer here, and that he can no longer, you know, continue promoting death to Americans,” Strada mentioned.

“Well look, it’s always a great day for America and 9/11 families when a terrorist leader or al Qaeda leader is killed, but it’s not the justice that we’re looking for,” McGinley added.

In September, President Biden declassified a whole bunch of FBI paperwork, investigating a connection between 9/11 and the Saudi government. The company finally mentioned it didn’t have sufficient proof to show the Saudi government was immediately concerned with planning the assaults.

The families disagree.

“These declassified FBI documents state that if it wasn’t for the Saudi government agency officials’ assistance, there were zero percent chance of 9/11 happening,” McGinley mentioned.

“We need to hold the Kingdom accountable. They need to come clean,” Strada added.

The Saudi government has denied all allegations of complicity.

The families say they will battle for the remainder of their lives for what they name true justice for these killed on 9/11.

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