|Abu Hureira Qasm al-Rimi|
|Other names||Qassim al Rimi|
|Known for||Emir of AQAP|
|Allegiance|| Al-Qaeda in Yemen (1998–2009)
|Years of service||1990's–present|
|Rank||Emir of AQAP|
|Battles/wars||Yemeni Civil War|
Qasim al-Raymi (Arabic: قاسم الريمي) is a citizen of Yemen who is the emir of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Al-Raymi is one of 23 men who escaped in the 3 February 2006 prison-break in Yemen, along with other notable al-Qaeda members. He next appears in connection to a July 2007 suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists. In 2009, the Yemeni government accused him of being responsible for the running of an al-Qaeda training camp in Abyan province. After serving as AQAP's military commander, Al-Raymi was promoted to leader after the death of Nasir al-Wuhayshi on June 12, 2015.
Abu Hureira Qasm al-Rimi is the name tied to a man identified in a threatening video posted anonymously to YouTube. Agence France Presse reported he had also been identified as "Abu Hureira al-Sana'ani". The Jamestown Foundation identified him as Qasim al-Rimi. According to the Jamestown Foundation, "Abu-Hurayrah" is a title—it means "military commander". He was al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's military commander.
Three other men appeared in the video. Two of them were identified as former Guantanamo captives named Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi and Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri. The other man was identified as Abu Baseer al-Wahayshi.
Saudi wanted list
On 3 February 2009 Saudi security officials published a new list of Saudi most wanted terrorist suspects. The 68th individual found on the list was named "Muhammad Qasim Mehdi Reemy" or "Qassem Mohammed Mahdi Al-Rimi", with the aliases "Abu Hurayrah" and "Abu Ammar". Qassem Al-Rimi on the Saudi wanted list was one of two Yemenis on the list, and was said to be a "linked to Al Qaeda in Yemen, Saudi Arabia". According to the Associated Press he has "links to a plot targeting the U.S. ambassador in San'a." They reported he rented the house where the operation was planned and he "monitored the US embassy".
Reports of death
Al Rimi's death has been reported multiple times. He was reported to have died during a raid by Yemeni security officials on 9 August 2007. Ali bin Ali Douha and two other militants were reported to have been killed during the raid.
It was reported that he was killed in a 4 January 2010 raid by Yemeni security forces, though this was proven false. However, according to officials, a Yemeni air strike on two cars, one of which reportedly contained al-Rimi, was conducted on Friday 15 January of 2010. Al-Rimi was reported to be one of those killed. Of the eight men thought to be in the two cars, six are thought to have been killed in the strike.
Following reports of his death Al Rimi was described as the military commander for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He is reported to have "orchestrated" the 25 December 2009 attempted suicide bombing of Nigerian Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab. Al-Rimi announced the creation of an "Aden-Abyan Army" to free the country of "crusaders and their apostate agents," in an Internet audio tape.
Apology for hospital attack
Following the 2013 attack on the Yemeni Defense Ministry, which resulted in the killing of numerous doctors and patients at a hospital present in the compound, al-Rimi released a video message apologizing, claiming that the team of attackers were directed not to assault the hospital in the attack, but that one had gone ahead and done so.
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Qassem al-Reemi, 30, meanwhile, one of the few Yemenis on the list, has "links to a plot targeting the U.S. ambassador in San’a," the capital of Yemen. "He rented the house in which the plot for that operation was hatched," according to the documents. "He also monitored the U.S. Embassy."mirror
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