WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that the US strike has killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
Al-Qaeda leader Qasim al-Raymi was killed in a US operation in Yemen, said the White House.
Qasim, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, had been linked to a number of attacks on Western interests in the 2000s.
Rumours of Qasim’s death in a United States drone strike started circulating in late January. The AQAP, in response, released an audio message with Qasim’s voice on February 2, which may have been recorded earlier.
However, the White House statement has confirmed Qasim’s death but didn’t say when he was killed.
“His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qa’ida movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security,” the statement read.
“The United States, our interests, and our allies are safer as a result of his death,” the statement added.