US killed a top al-Qaida leader in Yemen, reports say

US killed a top al-Qaida leader in Yemen, reports say

US killed a top al-Qaida leader in Yemen, reports say

The Guardian newspaper reported that President Donald Trump appeared to confirm the death of al-Rimi.

Three different images of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), military chief in Yemen Qassim al-Rimi, on October 11, 2010.

AQAP has always been considered the global network's most unsafe branch and has attempted to carry out attacks on the United States mainland.

The White House did not comment on whether Mr. Trump's retweeting was a confirmation of death.

A USA official who was briefed on the strike told the Times that the Central Intelligence Agency learned of al-Rimi's whereabouts from an informer in Yemen in November and that the government used tracking drones to follow him.

The United States recently held a strike against Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based terrorist group that has repeatedly expressed interest in attacks against the United States, a USA official told CNN Friday.

The State Department offered a $ 5 million reward for information leading to Mr.al-Rimi's capture, and then doubled the reward to $ 10 million, as it was linked to numerous plots against USA interests.

The United States performed an airstrike in January that eliminated a leader of Al Qaeda's associate in Yemen after months of tracking him, according to existing as well as previous federal government authorities.

He was in the radar of the USA government over his role in a terror attack on an American embassy in Suna, Yemen in 2008.

After swearing allegiance to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Raymi was named the emir of AQAP in 2015.

The United States has not released details of victims of these strikes.

AQAP has maintained a foothold in Yemen despite a long-running U.S. military campaign including extensive use of drone strikes targeting members of the extremist group. Al-Rimi, one of the founders of AQAP and its current boss, was killed.

The U.S. efforts to combat al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are separate from U.S. efforts to support the Saudi-led coalition fighting in the Yemen civil war.

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