President Trump Says U.S Forces Killed Al-Qaeda Leader Qassim al-Rimi in Yemen

DUBAI (Somaliguardian) – US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that US forces have killed Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

“We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm,” Trump said on Thursday.

AQAP has long been considered Al-Qaeida’s most dangerous affiliate for its attempts to carry out attacks on the US mainland.

President Trump said the US and its allies are safer as a result of al-Rimi’s death which AQAP has not yet confirmed.

Earlier, al-Rimi claimed responsibility for last year’s deadly shooting at US Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, where a Saudi aviation trainee killed three US sailors. In an 18-minute video, Qassim al-Rimi called the attacker, Saudi Air Force Officer Mohammed AlShamrani, a “courageous knight” and a “hero”.

The attacker killed 3 sailors, wounding nearly a dozen others after opening fire inside a classroom at Pensacola Naval Air base in Florida.

The attack prompted calls for an end to the presence of foreign students in US military training programmes and a result, the US sent home 21 Saudi military students for being sympathetic to Islamist organizations.

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