Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen killed in US strike

An undated file combo picture made available on 19 December 2009 shows suspected al-Qaida leader Qasim al-Raimi (reissued 07 February 2020). The Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda on 16 June 2015 named its military chief Qasim al-Raimi as its new leader after its founder Nasir al-Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

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The United States has killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), President Donald Trump said.

Qasim al-Raimi, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, was killed in a US operation in Yemen, the White House said.

The jihadist leader had been linked to a series of attacks on Western interests in the 2000s.

He took over the leadership after his predecessor was killed by a US drone strike.

Rumours of al-Raymi’s death in a US drone strike began circulating in late January. In response, AQAP released an audio message with al-Raimi’s voice on 2 February, which may have been recorded earlier.

But the statement from the White House has now confirmed al-Raymi’s death but did not say when he was killed.

Read full statement from White House here


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