Yemen sources: US drone destroyed building housing al-Qaida

Yemen sources: US drone destroyed building housing al-Qaida

The Pentagon has not elaborated on the situation. The White House has refused to confirm whether the president's tweets were confirmation of the death.

Officials continue to assess whether Rimi was killed on strike by monitoring social media and messaging apps, among other things, to chat about his possible death.

The CIA declined to comment on the report.

AQAP has always been considered the global network's most risky branch and has attempted to carry out attacks on the USA mainland.

Rimi's Yemen-based network, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is considered to be the most unsafe branch of the global terror group since its creation in 2009.

A Yemeni walks past graffiti depicting a U.S. drone, after a United States drone raid killed an al-Qaeda leader in Yemen, in Sana'a, Yemen.

Prior to 9/11, al-Rimi spent time in an al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan and later returned to Yemen where he was sentenced to five years in prison for plotting to kill the American ambassador.

The CIA believes he was involved in the 2008 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sana that killed 10 guards and four civilians. She was referring to al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Qassem al-Rimi was made leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in 2015 following the death of the terror cell's number two Nasir al-Wuhayshi.

Al-Raymi, 41, had been on the United States' radar for years.

Yemen was plunged into civil war in 2014, and al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have exploited the chaos to expand their presence in the nation.

The U.S. military carried out 131 airstrikes in Yemen in 2017 and 36 strikes in 2018, nearly all of which targeted Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

AQAP has maintained a foothold in Yemen despite a long-running USA military campaign including extensive use of drone strikes targeting members of the extremist group.

The CIA also carried out at least one strike in Yemen and US officials told CNN in August 2018 that a 2017 CIA drone strike killed Ibrahim al-Asiri, a senior al-Qaeda bomb-maker behind the "underwear bomb" attempt to detonate on a flight above the skies of Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.

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