Last week a Navy SEAL raid in Yemen had a secret agenda; kill or capture the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He instead survived and is currently taunting President Donald Trump through an audio message.
Top miliary and national security intelligence officials reported that the goal of the extensive operation, which was nearly as large as the raid on Osama Bin Laden, was to capture or kill Qassim al-Rimi, who is considered the third most dangerous terrorist in the world and is notorious for being the leading recruiter for al Qaeda.
After the massive raid, one Navy Seal, 14 al-Qaeda combatants and a few civilians, including a girl who was only 8, were killed during the mission while al-Rimi is alive and still occupying Yemen, several military officials told reporters.
Yesterday, al-Rimi, who’s rose to the United States’ most wanted terrorist list after he took over al Qaeda’s Yemen group in 2015, released an audio recording that has been confirmed by military officials as authentic.
“The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of hi road in your lands,” Rimi said obviously referring to the recent raid.
It’s not apaprent whether al-Rimi escaped from the Al Qaeda camp during the SEAL Team 6 and the United Arab Emirates assault or whether he happened to be completely elsewhere. He could have potentially been tipped off by an informant.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer declared that the raid was “a successful operation by all standards” however the Pentagon refused to comment.