STRIKE THREE! Trump takes out ANOTHER terror chief as al Qaeda’s leader in Yemen who threatened attack on US wiped out in air strike.
A US drone strike killed the sick leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen – weeks after wiping out Iran’s terror boss in Iraq and ISIS’s chief in Syria, it has been reported.
Qassim al-Rimi, 41, was taken out in a January air assault however American officials have been waiting for an ID on his body before making a public statement, the New York Times reports.
The evil terrorist, who was a member of Al Qaeda even before the 9/11 attacks, led the group’s branch in the Arabian Peninsula, located in Yemen.
It has been reported that the warped cult has been plotting terror attacks on the US and Europe.
The killing of al-Rimi will be a major blow to the group in Yemen – where militias funded by Saudi Arabia and Iran are waging a civil war in the country.
This follows the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani who was killed by a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3 and the death of ISIS boss Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who killed himself during a raid by American forces on his compound in northern Syria last October.
Despite their success in utilising drone technology, Washington has been cautious to announce such assassinations before the identity of the target has been confirmed.
TERROR BOSS KILLED
While current and former government officials have confirmed al-Rimi’s death to the NY Times, his killing has still not been officially announced.
CIA operatives learned of the terrorist’s location in November, through an informant, and then tracked his movements using a spy drone.
In January, local news outlets in Yemen reported that two militant suspects had been killed in Wadi Abedah in central Yemen – but did not identify who the alleged extremists were.
It has now emerged that one of those men was al-Rimi – a brainwashed killer whose “terrorist pedigree traces to the era before the September 11 attacks.”
After years training fellow extremists in Afghanistan, he returned to his native Yemen where he was jailed for five years for plotting to kill the US ambassador there.
However, he busted out of jail after only a year inside and quickly seized power of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in the country.
The US State Department offered a $5million reward for information leading to his capture – a figure which was then doubled to $10m after he was linked to several plots against the West.
In 2017, the extremist sent US President Donald Trump an audio message taunting him over a raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen – which resulted in an American being killed.
The US soldier was the first to be killed in combat during the Trump administration.