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Al Qaeda commander killed in US air strike

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One of al-Qaeda’s top commanders has been killed in a CIA drone strike.

One of al-Qaeda's top commanders has been killed in a CIA drone strike.

Qassim al Rimi died in the US counterterrorism operation in the Arabian Peninsula country of Yemen, Reuters reports.

The news was confirmed in a statement by US President Donald Trump.

Qassim al Rimi died in a US air strike in Yemen.

"Under Rimi, AQAP (al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula) committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces," he said.

"His death further degrades AQAP and the global Al-Qaeda movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security."

The drone strike is believed to have been carried out last month but its success had not been confirmed until now.

The long-running civil war in Yemen has allowed Islamic State and al-Qaeda to gain a foothold in the country.

There has been a US$10 million reward for his capture.

AQAP has claimed responsibility for terror attacks like December's Florida naval base attack, and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

Rimi has been linked to the Sana embassy attack in 2009.

He was the target of Mr Trump's first major military operation, which resulted in failure and the death of a Navy SEAL.

Rimi's predecessor was killed in an air strike in June 2015.


Yemen has been in a violent civil war for years, with Iran and Saudi Arabia supporting opposite sides in the bloody conflict.

The impoverished nation is the only one on the Peninsula without substantial oil or gas wealth.

A Saudi airstrike in Yemen.

Source: 9News

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