drone strike that killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan over the weekend took out one of the last remaining key figures behind the 9/11 terror attacks, 

but it also highlighted how little the United States got out of its 2020 bargain with the Taliban and raised questions about the U.S. ability 

Hosting al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian-born medical doctor who took the reins of Al-Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin in 2011 

leading to record turnout despite the issue being decided in a primary in a midterm year when numbers are historically lower.

in a safe-house in an upscale neighborhood of Kabul was not necessarily a violation of the Taliban's pledge in the 2020 

agreement that led to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Taliban-controlled country. The Taliban had long been pressed by U.S. negotiators to cut their ties with Al-Qaeda, 

and they explicitly refused to do so. All they had been willing to promise was that they would not permit Al-Qaeda or other groups to use Afghan territory to mount attacks on the United States. 

The presence of the Al-Qaeda leader in Kabul does show that the U.S. got little in the way of anti-terror benefits in exchange for its agreement to leave Afghanistan 

That the Taliban would agree to host al-Zawahiri also enhances the credibility of numerous reports of other terrorist groups taking up residence there

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