President Trump confirms elimination of al-Qaeda terror chief in Yemen
BREAKING: President Trump confirms that Muslim terrorist Qasim al-Rimi, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula terror chief, was eliminated in a US counter-terrorism operation in Yemen.
Under al-Rimi, al-Qaeda terror group “committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen”, President Trump said in a statement.
“The United States, our interests, and our allies are safer as a result of his death. We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm”, Trump added.
Local reports in Yemen said that a drone strike this month eliminated two terrorists in the area of Wadi Abedah in central Yemen. The reports did not identify the terrorists killed in the strike.
The Yemen branch, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has tried to attack the United States and Europe and is thought to still want to.
A veteran of al-Qaeda’s training camps in Afghanistan, al-Rimi later returned to his native Yemen, where he was sentenced to five years in prison for plotting to kill the American ambassador there. He broke out of jail a year later and quickly rose through the ranks of the al-Qaeda affiliate.
The State Department offered a $5 million bounty for information leading to his capture, and later doubled the reward to $10 million, as he was linked to numerous plots against Americans.
According to the State Department, he is believed to have played a role in the 2008 terror attack on the American Embassy in Sana, which killed 10 guards and four civilians, as well as the 2009 plot by the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to take down a Detroit-bound flight with explosives concealed in his underwear.