White House says regional Al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen

The White House announced on Thursday evening that the leader and co-founder of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Qassim al-Rimi, was killed last month during a counterterrorism operation in Yemen.

Formed in 2009, AQAP was based in Yemen, and claimed responsibility for last year’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where a Saudi aviation trainee killed three American sailors. Rimi was a target of a January 2017 raid on an Al Qaeda compound in Yemen, and released a video taunting President Trump after the failed operation.

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

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