British Muslim advocacy group CAGE has published a statement that the recent drone killing of Al-Qaida leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri by US forces in Afghanistan was “a clear violation of the US-Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Doha peace deal” and brought back to center stage the US’ “unlawful drone programme.” According to a CAGE post :
August 2, 2022 Past years have shown little evidence that 71 year old Ayman al-Zawahiri was capable or even intended to target the USA – especially in light of the Doha accords. However, instead of being magnanimous in defeat it the US leadership continues to inflict suffering on the people of Afghanistan by freezing their hard earned money and forcing poverty and starvation on the population while claiming to bring “closure” to the never-ending War on Terror with another extrajudicial killing.
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In the statement, CAGE said that the Taliban had reassured the international community that they would not allow any person or group to threaten any nation’s security from their soil, a claim refuted by Al-Zawahiri’s presence in the Afghani capital. CAGE also alleged that the killing cemented the US’ “perpetual war doctrine, primarily driven by the military-industrial complex.”
CAGE was founded in 2003 by British-Pakistani activist Moazzam Begg as an advocacy body and platform for Muslims affected by the US War on Terror. Its leaders have ties to the British Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) network. CAGE has a history of campaigning against global anti-terrorism efforts and measures against Islamist radicalization, claiming these measures unfairly targeted Muslim communities and undermined the rule of law. According to British media, during a 2006 protest, CAGE Research Director Asim Qureshi advocated supporting violent Jihad overseas in conflict zones involving Muslims.
In April 2022, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported CAGE had published a report alleging systematic state-sponsored persecution of Muslims in France, demanding the French government reverse its dissolution of Islamist organizations and remove the executive power to dissolve such organizations altogether. In June 2022, the GIOR reported that the UK Labour party had suspended a newly elected London borough councilor over his past involvement in CAGE.