U.S. killed a top al-Qaida leader in Yemen, reports say

Yahoo:

The leader of al-Qaida’s Yemen branch is believed to have been killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year.

The New York Times said three current or former U.S. officials “expressed confidence” that Qasim al-Raymi, the emir of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed in Yemen, although there was no official confirmation.

U.S. forces had been tracking al-Raymi for months, and there was a $10 million price on his head.

It is unclear whether the strike was carried out by the U.S. military or the CIA. Spokespersons for U.S. Central Command, the National Security Council and the CIA declined to comment.

For more than five years, al-Raymi, a native of Yemen, had eluded U.S. forces as he led what experts sometimes refer to as al-Qaida’s “most dangerous franchise.” If confirmed, his death would be “very significant,” said Mick Mulroy, who was deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East until late last year.

“He’s a real bad actor,” said Mulroy, who is also a retired CIA paramilitary operations officer and an ABC news analyst. “This is a big win for us.” read more

10 Comments on U.S. killed a top al-Qaida leader in Yemen, reports say

  1. In related news, Qasem Soleimani finally got his 72 virgins this week. Unfortunately he fergot that he left his dick on the street back in Baghdad…

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  2. “It is unclear whether the strike was carried out by the U.S. military or the CIA. Spokespersons for U.S. Central Command, the National Security Council and the CIA declined to comment.”

    What?!?
    Does that mean there are some things that don’t get leaked???

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  3. Just think…. If we had used this approach 18 years ago how many innocent lives and billions of dollars would have been saved.

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  4. Amen Jethro, but then we’re supposed to be upset that POTUS told those Generals they were babies and losers.

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  5. Saw a report somewhere a few days ago claiming in Iran the underlings of Soleimani were tossing away their cell phones & other means of electronically tracking their location, scattering looking for a spider hole to hide in, pretty spooked they may be next. And even turning on each other, a couple of Soleimani’s more fanatic supporters had been shot by others from the group. Dominoes falling ?

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  6. Gov. Newsom has ordered flags at half staff for the beloved scholar or whatever they’ll claim he was.

    Keyword: Was

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