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US conducts strike targeting al Qaeda leader in Yemen

Posted January 31, 2020 4:10 p.m. EST

— The United States conducted a strike recently targeting Qassim Al-Raimi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group's franchise based in Yemen that has repeatedly expressed interest in conducting attacks targeting the United States, a US official told CNN.

Asked about the report, the Pentagon would not elaborate on the situation.

"While we are aware of the reports alleging the death of AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi, the Department of Defense has nothing to offer on this matter," a US Defense Official told CNN.

The US government Rewards for Justice has already offered up to a $10 million reward for information on him through the Rewards for Justice program.

Officials continue to assess whether Al-Raimi was killed in the strike through a variety of methods including monitoring social media and messaging apps regarding chatter about his possible death.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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