On Thursday, Feb. 6, the White House confirmed the death of an al-Qaeda-linked group leader last month during an airstrike in Yemen.

Pentagon officials believed that Qassim al-Rimi was killed in the Wadi Abedah airstrike but his death was not confirmed until the White House issued a statement on the matter this week. A deputy of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was also killed in the counterterrorism operation, although the White House did not say who.

Al-Rimi, 41, led al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which is considered one of the most dangerous terror networks in the world.

According to The New York Times, the CIA learned of al-Rimi’s location in November through an informant in Yemen. The agency started tracking him via aerial surveillance and other means.

The State Department had proposed a $10 million bounty for information leading to al-Rimi’s arrest at the time of his death.

Al-Rimi and his associates escaped from a Yemen prison in 2006, where he was being held for plotting to kill an American ambassador, and created a branch of al-Qaeda there.

His death comes as the United States ramped up operations targeting terror suspects. Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq in January, and American forces killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in October.

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