Top al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi likely killed in a suspected US drone strike that destroyed a building housing al-Qaeda militants last week in eastern Yemen.https://t.co/m4ljcHQpCs— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) February 1, 2020
In an audiotape message, Al Qaeda’s leader in Yemen, Qassim al-Rimi, claimed responsibility for the December attack that killed three U.S. sailors at the Pensacola Naval Air Station base. The militant himself was most likely killed in a drone strike after he made the tape.
On Saturday morning, Trump retweeted posts from two accounts that discussed the news of Rimi’s death, but did not address the airstrike in a post of his own.
“This was not a DOD operation,” a Pentagon official said Saturday. Spokespeople for the CIA and National Security Council did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
AQAP has not issued a statement of its own confirming Rimi’s killing.
The suspected US drone strike destroyed a building housing al Qaida militants last week in eastern Yemen, tribal leaders said amid reports it killed a senior leader of the terror group.
President Donald Trump has retweeted several reports that the January 25 strike killed Qassim al-Rimi, but it has not been officially confirmed.
The Yemeni tribal leaders said the drone strike took place in the Wadi Ubaidah area in the eastern province of Marib. The area is known as a stronghold for al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Boom! Trump Takes Out Another Islamic Terror Leader – Qassim al-Rimi, the Al-Qaeda Leader in Yemen, Was Threatening Attacks on US for Years https://t.co/Qh0m0L68JN— Steve?????? (@steve_Beno3210) February 2, 2020
So if the news is true in the past year President Trump has taken out:
— Hamza bin Laden (OBL’s son and al-Qaeda leader)
— Abu al-Baghdadi (ISIS leader)
— Qassem Soleimani (IRGC QF leader)
— Qassim al-Rimi (AQAP leader)
Not bad, Mr. President, not bad at all.