US airstrike targets Yemen’s al Qaeda chief

The United States carried out an airstrike against one of al Qaeda’s most powerful terrorists, and officials expressed confidence that he is dead.

Officials said that a January airstrike might have killed 41-year-old Qassim al Rimi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, according to the New York Times. The terrorist leader was reportedly tracked for months using intelligence and aerial surveillance.

Authorities are wary to announce that Rimi was killed, as other al Qaeda and Islamic State leaders have been targeted with airstrikes in the past and survived. The State Department have a $10 million bounty on Rimi’s head.

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