The U.S. launched a recent drone strike against the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, although it wasn’t clear Friday whether he was killed as a result, people familiar with the matter said.
If his death is confirmed, al-Rimi would be the fourth major terrorist taken off the board over approximately the last year by the U.S. military. Completing this notorious list would be Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin laden, ISIS leader Abu al-Baghdadi, and the Iranian terroriest leader Qassem Soleimani.
4. In Yemen, he was imprisoned for a plot to kill the US ambassador to Yemen. After being busted out of jail, he quickly rose through the ranks of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and according to the State Department, he played a part in AQAP's signature plots.— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 31, 2020
6. al-Rimi's growing importance in the al-Qaeda network can be traced by the amount of money that @StateDept put up for information leading to him. Initially set at $5 million, the bounty was doubled to $10 million in recent years: pic.twitter.com/fvE4zkdcI8— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) January 31, 2020
2)Will be interesting to see which #AQAP official warranted the intel & military resources required to carry out a precise U.S. drone attack...AQAP in recent years has dwindled. As it stands now, top publicly known officials are leader Qassim al-Rimi and official Ibrahim al-Qosi. pic.twitter.com/GlGgygCqgB— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) January 27, 2020
4)If true, and it seems to be, the dead of al-Rimi would mark a major blow to #AlQaeda on the whole. Al-Rimi was a candidate for succeeding AQ leader Zawahiri.— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) January 30, 2020