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US counterterrorism operation in Yemen eliminates deputy al-Qaida leader Qasim al-Rimi

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FOX 10 Phoenix

US counterterrorism operation in Yemen eliminates deputy al-Qaida leader Qasim al-Rimi

By Amy Lieu - FOX TV Digital Team

WASHINGTON - The White House released a statement Thursday afternoon announcing that the U.S. conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The statement said the operation was at the direction of President Donald Trump.

Al-Rimi was also deputy to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Al-Rimi joined al-Qaida in the 1990s and worked in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden.

Read more: https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/us-counterterrorism-operation-in-yemen-eliminates-deputy-al-qaida-leader-qasim-al-rimi