Al Qaeda Leader in Yemen Expected to be Dead Post US Strike

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The US being a prosperous nation, with an open economy and self-empowered people, has long been on a war against terrorism. Today, much of America’s foreign and defense policies are centralized on defeating the organizations promoting global terrorism. And for the same purpose the country has deployed its troops in every war-stricken region, aiming to mitigate the bigger threats and to provide stability and peaceful environment for the people.

But has the US really succeeded in its larger mission? The US policies against terrorism have severed its relations with other nations. As it actively seeks to counter terror in the Middle East with the help of its troops, the process of continued attacks has further devastated peace throughout the region, with the population fearing the worst outcome of war against terrorism.  

Months after confirming the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a huge operation in northern Syrian, the US is now bringing out the possibility that it might have killed the al Qaeda leader, Qassim al-Rimi in an airstrike, the country carried out, in Yemen. The officials declared that they had been using aerial surveillance and other intelligence services, for quite some time, to track the whereabouts of the 41-year-old terrorist leader and finally managed to kill him in January airstrike in Yemen.

The al-Qaeda leader was linked to numerous plots against American interests and is believed to have actively involved in the 2008 attack on American Embassy in Sana as well as the 2009 plot by the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to take down a Detroit-bound flight with explosives. Several of the US officers, who attempted to kill or capture al-Rimi in Yemen died in the process.

Yemen, the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 14 million people is currently at risk of starvation and repeated outbreaks of deadly diseases. The Middle-Eastern country, today, is suffering the world’s worst political instability. The ecological crisis and armed conflicts have further severed the lives of the people. The war-like situations, at a time, when people are even devoid of a viable source of water, is what has drawn Yemen towards financial crisis, compounding more difficulties.

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The Houthis’ southern offensive in Yemen has attracted the neighboring countries to come at war with the country. Saudi Arabia began a military buildup on its border with Yemen, creating a conflict of interest with the Houthi forces, who now aim to capture Saudi capital, Riyadh. The global import of arms to Yemen is another major cause behind the growing humanitarian crisis and rise of terrorist activity.

Considering the chaos in Yemen, the US officials awaited confirmation before making a public announcement of the death of the al Qaeda leader. The critics believe that the death, if confirmed, would be a huge blow to the entire organization that has in the past tried to attack the US and Europe.

Recently, the US airstrikes have dissipated al Qaeda and ISIS’s potential to attack targets in the West, by targeting their bomb-makers and English-language propagandists. Not only that, CIA and the US military, through the means of drone strikes, have equally participated in ending the terror organizations.

However, the number of strikes claimed by the US till date to end global terrorism, have not always been confirmed by the military officials. While, the CIA and the National Security Council declined to comment upon the death of al Qaeda leader, Qassim al-Rimi, the military officials remained unaware of any such strike taking place in Yemen in January. Although, an official stated that the CIA received details of al-Rimi’s location from an informer in Yemen in November, and since then the government began to track him through surveillance drones.

Meanwhile, Yemen did confirm the death of two militant suspects in the area of Wadi Abedah in its central parts in January, but no further details were provided. Even though the al Qaeda leader’s death is yet not confirmed, the leaders are much appreciated by the US’ stand against terrorism. The fact that the US airstrikes have killed several terrorists is a clear example that at least someone is taking steps to mitigate terrorism.


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