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Washington: US President Donald Trump said that the US had conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that killed Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

"The United States conducted a counter-terrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa'ida (al-Qaeda) in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and a deputy to al-Qa'ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri," Xinhua quoted Trump as saying in a statement released by the White House on Thursday.

Rimi's death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qaeda movement, the statement added.

(IANS)

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