Al-Qaeda Leader Downed by US Airstrike in Yemen; Trump Breaks News

The President of United States Donald Trump, and his spree to blow away terrorists has added another big name to the list. As informed by American officials, the United States has carried out a drone airstrike in Yemen against the al-Qaeda’s affiliate Qassim al-Rimi, who was declared dead by the president through a series of tweets.

On Saturday, Donald Trump who was at his Florida resort – before the strike had been publicly confirmed by US or Al-Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – retweeted the post of an intelligence analyst and a reporter who tweeted about Rimi’s death.

Commenting on how the mission was a success, the current and former American officials orchestrated that the target was tracked using aerial surveillance and other intelligence services. Further explain that he was killed in January airstrike in Yemen, but they were awaiting confirmation before making a public declaration.

The death marks a huge blow to the AQAP, which has remained a potent threat to America and has directed its operations towards catering its interests in the region. Although the group’s ability to pursue its desires have suffered a blow in recent years, it still remains a danger to the world.

Al-Qaeda and Islamic State leaders have been targeted in the past by the American military, only for United States to later realize that they had survived. Therefore, the official announcement this time was not made immediately after the strike was conducted.

The CIA mastered about Rimi’s location through an informer in Yemen in November. The information that kick started surveillance before he was actually eliminated via airstrike in Yemen. Rimi was among the few Al-Qaeda leaders who had been well active before 9/11 attacks.

Rimi was considered a potential successor of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda’s strategic operations. In 2006, he and other AQAP members escaped from prison in Yemen to establish what has been considered as one of the most dangerous branches of the militia group. The union carried out attacks on pipelines carrying oil and gas.

In 2015, Rimi reportedly became the leader of AQAP following a drone strike that knocked out Nasir al-Wuhayshi. In 2017, after a special forces raid on compound in Yemen saw a US solider losing his life, Rimi mocked Donald Trump, saying in his video: “The new fool of the White House received a painful slap across his face.”

In the same year US struck Yemen 131 times to stop Al-Qaeda from becoming a major threat in the nation. In the next two years, the strikes continued and Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior Al-Qaeda bomb maker and Jamal al-Badawi, an Al-Qaeda operative linked to the 2000 attack on the USS Cole while it was being refueled in Aden, both were reportedly killed.

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