Trump confirms Al Qaeda leader’s killing in Yemen

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Trump confirms Al Qaeda leader’s killing in Yemen

Washington (Web Desk): The US had killed the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, confirmed President Donald Trump on Thursday.


The US “conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qassim Al Rimi, a founder and the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),” Trump said in a White House statement.

AQAP claimed responsibility on Sunday for a December 6 shooting at US Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, in which a Saudi Air Force officer killed three American sailors.

The announcement came with Trump touting US resolve following the killings of Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in October last year and top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani three months later.