White House Confirms Killing of Qasim
The United States of America killed the leader of al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula affiliate Qassim Al-Rimi in Yemen , the President Donald Trump announced on Thursday night. Trump said in a statement that Qasim al-Rimi, the leader and a founder of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, had been “successfully eliminated” in Yemen. The statement did not say how the operation was carried out, or provide further details. But a drone strike with al-Rimi as the target was reported late last week.
Al-Rimi and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula “committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces,” Trump said. “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 death of the militant leader comes nearly five weeks after Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in Baghdad.
At the direction of President Trump, the U.S. 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 and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. https://t.co/ayOmTpzH04
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The conflict became part of the broader struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for supremacy in the region. A Saudi-led coalition began a military campaign against Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran. Human rights groups have documented many instances of coalition bombings of hospitals, schools and other civilian targets.
(News Originated Link – Bloomberg)