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Yemen Raid Had a Target: Al Qaeda Leader Qassim Al-Rimi

Al-Rimi is still alive in Yemen

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    A Yemeni police wanted poster shows different images of Qassim al-Rimi, who announced the creation of an 'Aden-Abyan Army' to free the country of 'crusaders and their apostate agents' in an Internet audio tape. Al-Rimi was the target of a deadly raid in Yemen last week.

    The objective of the Navy SEAL raid in Yemen last week was to capture or kill Qassim Al-Rimi, the third most dangerous terrorist in the world, NBC News reported.

    One Navy SEAL, civilians and 14 Al Qaeda fighters are among those that died, but military officials told NBC that Al-Rimi is still alive in Yemen. It isn't clear whether he was at the al Qaeda camp during the attack. Al-Rimi has since released a voice recording taunting President Donald Trump in an apparent reference to the raid.

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    "The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands," he said.

    But while Al-Rimi wasn't captured, Juan Zarate, a national security adviser in the Bush administration and NBC News analyst, said that the raid still could yield smaller victories, as several Al Qaeda leaders were killed, and the group was disrupted.