(WHITE HOUSE) Press Release Statement: Confirms that leader of Al #Qaeda affiliate of AQAP: At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully el iminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Feb.07: United States killed the leader of Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, the White House confirmed on Thursday:

Statement from the President

February 6, 2020

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, 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. Rimi joined al-Qa’ida in the 1990s, working in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden: 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. 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:

The United States, our interests, and our allies are safer as a result of his death: We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm.

Qassim al-Rimi in two undated photographs.
Qassim al-Rimi in two undated photographs.Agence France-Presse, via Yemeni Ministry of Interior

NYT Media Report: The confirmation came about a week after The New York Times first reported that the United States believed it had killed Qassim al-Rimi, the Qaeda leader, in January after months of tracing him: The C.I.A. carried out the airstrike using an unmanned drone, an intelligence official said: The statement came about a week after initial reports that the United States believed it had killed Qassim al-Rimi, the Qaeda leader in Yemen:

Mr. al-Rimi was one of the founders of Yemen’s Qaeda affiliate. Although the affiliate’s power and ability to conduct strikes in the West has diminished under the pressure of strikes by the American military and C.I.A. aircraft, it is still one of the world’s most potent forces: It remains to be seen how much Mr. al-Rimi’s death will set the group back.

The C.I.A. learned of Mr. al-Rimi’s location from an informer in Yemen last November, allowing the government to begin tracking him with surveillance drones, an official said: Mr. al-Rimi, 41, was among the few remaining Qaeda leaders whose terrorist pedigree traces to the era before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Feb.07: 2020:

Twitter: https://t.me/trump/7418 Donald J. Trump, [Feb 7, 2020 at 12:05]: RT @charliekirk11: BOOM: Another terrorist leader has been wiped off the face of the earth thanks to @realDonaldTrump Al Qaeda leader Qasim al-Rimi has been eliminated after a US counter-terrorism operation I can’t wait to see how the mainstream media eulogizes this brutal killer 🤔

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