U.S. Central Command confirmed just a few days ago that Yemen’s top leader in terror was killed during a Joint Special Operations mission, via Sofrep News.
Qassim Al-Rimi has been a known affiliate of al-Qaeda since the 1990s and was appointed to Emir of al-Qaeda in Yemen following a U.S. drone strike in 2015 that killed his predecessor.
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Qassim al-Rimi is highly considered to be the ‘bin Ladin’ of Yemen and is and should be considered the highest value target in Yemen, and local Yemeni intelligence officials are claiming he was present during the raid and that al-Rimi was the SEAL Team 6 task forces primary target and was to be taken alive…
The source continued by stating in respects to the mission’s intent on capturing HVT’s for further questioning and information gathering, that part of the operation failed due to the heavy volume of fire and resistance given by the AQAP fighters on target. The source also stated that this operation has put a huge dent in the AQAP leadership and al-Qaeda operations within the Arabian Peninsula that will take some time to recover from.
Sofrep described the subject as a “bin Laden high value target.”