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Dispatch Live: Zawahiri Is Dead

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With the news that a U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri over the weekend, there are few people we’d rather hear from than our own Klon Kitchen. Klon served as the lead analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency on al-Qaeda senior leadership, and in top positions working for the director of national intelligence and the director of central intelligence, before chairing the National Counterterrorism Center at National Defense University.  

In this week’s Dispatch Live, Klon will join Steve and David to talk about Zawahiri’s death and the state of al-Qaeda and the jihadist threat more broadly. Who was Ayman al-Zawahiri? How did he manage to elude the U.S. for more than two decades? What are the implications of an Afghanistan that is once again a safe haven for al-Qaeda and like-minded jihadists?

That’s not all. The crew will also discuss Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan and China’s reaction to it, along with the continuing war in Ukraine. They’ll take your questions, too. 

Tune in on August 2 at 8 p.m. ET on YouTube. Come with your questions, grab a drink, and settle in for a meaningful conversation. 

Dispatch Live recordings will also be available as a members-only podcast on select platforms. We heard from many of you requesting audio recordings of Dispatch Live and we’re excited to provide this feature to members. See below for information on how to access the podcast. 

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We hope you’ll join us! 

When: Tuesday, August 2, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

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If you can’t make it, don’t worry: We will post the recording on the site Wednesday, available to members only.


Dispatch Live is a weekly virtual gathering for members featuring Dispatch writers, editors, and special guests. Attendees can ask questions of our panelists and interact with other members via the chat feature. Or you can just sit back with your beverage of choice and watch the proceedings. While you can see the panelists, they can’t see you.

Dispatch Live is hosted on YouTube, at the link above. A Google account is not required to view the event, but one is required to use the YouTube Live chat. Here’s how to create one with your normal email: Create a Google Account. Alternatively, Dispatch members can submit comments and questions during the broadcast on this post.

We will post a recording of this edition of Dispatch Live on the site shortly after it concludes.

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