- Al-Qaeda leader Qasim al-Raymi was killed under the orders of United States President Donald Trump
- The White House said al-Raymi committed horrific offences in Yemen
- The US said his death further weakens the global terrorist movement
Just a month after the United States of America assassinated Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani over his links to "terrorism", the powerful nation has struck again, this time killing Qasim al-Raymi, the leader of Al-Qaeda.
Al-Raymi, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, was killed by a US operation in Yemen.
According to a statement by the White House, the deceased was eliminated under the orders of US President Donald Trump.
"At the direction of President Trump, the US conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri," the White House tweeted.
The White House said al-Raymi joined al-Qaeda in the 1990s, and worked in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden, the founder of the group.
"Under him ,the Arabian Pensinsula (AQAP) committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces," the White House added.
The US said his death further weakened the global terrorist movement.
"The United States, our interests, and our allies are safer as a result of his death. We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm," the statement said.
"President Donald Trump took decisive action and stood up against the leading state sponsor of terror to take out an evil man who was responsible for killing thousands of Americans. Soleimani was a terrorist,” US VP Mike Pence tweeted.
Al-Raymi's death sparked reactions on social media worldwide.
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