The footage shows a house in Kabul where an al-Qaeda leader is believed to have been killed in a US strike.

The identification was made by geolocation and authentication of three photos circulating on social media since Sunday, in addition to the use of archival high-resolution satellite imagery.

The strike, which took place at 9:48 pm ET Saturday and early Sunday morning in Kabul, was authorized by US President Joe Biden after weeks of meetings with his cabinet and key advisers.
He killed the 71-year-old leader of al-Qaeda, who at one time acted as Osama bin Laden’s personal physicianand who rose to the top of a terrorist organization after US troops killed bin Laden in 2011.

CNN reached out to the National Security Council for comment on the identification of the home, but received no immediate response.

The house, located in the Sherpur district of the Afghan capital, is surrounded by several houses and buildings from the north, south and west. Directly to the east of the house is Omeid High School.

Just under 1,000 feet southeast of the house is the United Kingdom Embassy in Kabul. According to the UK Foreign Office, all diplomatic and consular personnel have been “temporarily withdrawn” from the country.

This photo shows the aftermath of the strike.

The house is in an area called the “Green Zone” where most of the previous Afghan government officials used to live.

Zawahiri was holed up in downtown Kabul to reunite with his family, Biden said in his Monday night address announcing the strike, and was killed in what a senior administration official called a “finely matched airstrike” using two Hellfire missiles.

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Before giving the order to kill the terrorist leader, Biden wanted to deep understanding of the surroundings in which he was hiding.

Among the preparations was a small model of the Zawahiri hideout built by intelligence officials and placed in the White House situation room for Biden to study while discussing his options.

The Sherpur area in Kabul was an old military base, but during the years of civil conflict and the Taliban era in the 1990s, it was hardly used. In 2003, the Afghan Ministry of Defense abandoned it, and the government divided it into more than 50 sites, giving them to powerful people, including government ministers and other high-ranking officials, as well as warlords and drug lords. Their houses were soon nicknamed “Poppy Palaces”.

Since the fall of Ashraf Ghani’s government in August 2021, most Sherpur house owners have fled the country and their homes have been confiscated by the Taliban.

It is not clear who owns the house where Zawahiri was killed or if it is one of those confiscated houses.