Al Qaeda's Yemen leader Qassim al-Raymi killed in US strike

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Published: March 2,2020 12:23 PM
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United States President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that US forces had killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, days after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for a mass sh

February 07, 2020: United States President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that US forces had killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, days after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at a US naval base.



"US conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qassim al-Raymi, a founder and the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)," Trump said in a White House statement.



AQAP claimed responsibility on Sunday for a December 6 shooting at the US Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, in which a Saudi Air Force officer killed three American sailors. Washington considers AQAP to be the worldwide jihadist network's most dangerous branch.



"Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces," Trump said in a statement.



"His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qa'ida movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security," he said. He did not say when Raymi was killed.