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Who is Qasim al-Raymi? A jihadist group Al-Qaeda leader killed in Yaman by U.S: Wiki, Age, Family, Death, Personal Life, Instagram, Twitter, and more facts

Qasim al-Raymi Wiki – Biography

Al-Rimi is a founder of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. President Donald Trump has confirmed that the U.S. killed the leader of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula jihadist group who claimed responsibility for a mass shooting at an American naval base.

Qasim al-Raymi was the emir of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Raymi was one of 23 men who escaped in the 3 February 2006 prison-break in Yemen, along with other notable al-Qaeda members. Al-Raymi was connected to a July 2007 suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists. In 2009, the Yemeni government accused him of being responsible for the running of an al-Qaeda training camp in Abyan province. After serving as AQAP’s military commander, al-Raymi was promoted to the leader after the death of Nasir al-Wuhayshi on 12 June 2015.

Qasim al-Raymi Born

Born                        5 June 1978 Nimr, As Salafiyah, Raymah Governorate, Yemen

Qasim al-Raymi Death

Death                          29 January 2020 (aged 41) Al Bayda Governorate, Yemen

On January 31, 2020, the New York Times reported that three U.S. officials “expressed confidence” that al-Raymi, the emir of AQAP was killed on 29 January, in the Yakla area of Al Bayda Governorate, Yemen, according to local sources, although there was no official confirmation. For more than five years al-Raymi had eluded U.S. forces as he led what experts sometimes refer to as al-Qaida’s “most dangerous franchise.” The former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Mick Mulroy said, if confirmed, his death would be “very significant”.

On February 1, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to confirm reports that the U.S. had killed Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of an al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen by retweeting reports claiming that that CIA had conducted a drone strike targeting the AQAP leader. Some experts considered him to be a possible successor to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al Qaeda’s overall.

On February 6, 2020, the White House released a statement confirming al-Rimi’s death.

Qasim al-Raymi A jihadist group Al-Qaeda leader

The group has long been considered the global network’s most dangerous branch for its attempts to carry out attacks on the U.S. mainland.

The jihadist group claimed responsibility for last year’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where a Saudi aviation trainee killed three American sailors.

Qasim al-Raymi Donald Trump

While Trump confirmed reports that al-Rimi had been killed, he did not say when the U.S. operation was conducted or offer any details about how it was carried out.

‘We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm,’ Trump said.

Trump’s announcement confirmed earlier indications that al-Rimi had been killed.

In late January, a suspected U.S. drone strike destroyed a building housing al-Qaida militants in eastern Yemen.

Also, on February 1, Trump retweeted several other tweets and media reports that seemed to offer confirmation that the strike had killed al-Rimi.

Qasim al-Raymi Early life, Afghanistan and al-Qaeda in Yemen

Al-Raymi was born on June 5, 1978, in the Raymah Governorate, near the Yemen capital of Sana’a. He was a trainer at an al-Qaeda camp in Afghanistan during the 1990s before returning to Yemen. In 2004, he was imprisoned for five years for being suspected in a series of embassy bombings in the capital. After escaping from prison in 2006, al-Raymi, along with Nasir al-Wuhayshi, oversaw the formation of al-Qaeda in Yemen, which took in both new recruits and experienced Arab fighters returning from battlefields across Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group claimed responsibility for two suicide bomb attacks that killed six Western tourists before being linked to the assault on the US embassy in Sana’a in September 2008, in which militants detonated bombs and fired rocket-propelled grenades. Ten Yemeni guards and four civilians were killed, along with six assailants.

Qasim al-Raymi Family

A Yemeni individual held in Guantanamo, Ali Yahya Mahdi Al Raimi, faced allegations he was brother to a senior member of al Qaeda, named Qasim Yahya Mahdi Abd Al-Rimi or Qassem Yahya Mahdi Al Reemi. This brother was said to also be known as Abu Hurayrah, Doctor Hurayrah, and Abu Hajer. He was said to have been a physical fitness instructor at al Qaeda’s Al Farouq training camp, in Afghanistan.