Al-Qaeda leader al-Raymi killed by US strike
The US has killed Qasim al-Rimi, the top al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, the White House said Thursday.
"US IS SAFER AS A RESULT OF HIS DEATH"
"The United States conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri," it said in a statement, using another spelling for the group.
It said under al-Rimi, the AQAP carried out violence against civilians and sought to conduct and inspire attacks against the U.S. and its forces.
"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," said the statement. "The United States, our interests, and our allies are safer as a result of his death."
Last week, citing former American officials, The New York Times reported that the U.S. launched an airstrike against al-Rimi in Yemen after tracking him through aerial surveillance and intelligence. Al-Rimi was said to have been killed in a January airstrike and these officials were awaiting confirmation.