Alleged al-Qaeda bomb-maker killed in Yemen in 2017, US confirms

WASHINGTON (dpa)- The United States has for the first time confirmed the death of a top al-Qaeda official accused of making bombs and coordinating terrorist attacks.
Ibrahim al-Asiri was killed two years ago in Yemen in a US counterterrorism operation, the White House said Thursday in a statement.

Al-Asiri's death "significantly handicapped" al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the statement said. It added that United States will continue to hunt down terrorists like al-Asiri "until they no longer pose a threat to our great Nation."
The announcement comes as President Donald Trump attempts to appear tough on terrorism in the face of a backlash over his abrupt decision to pull US troops from north-eastern Syria. Since then Turkey has since begun an incursion into the area to push out US-allied Kurdish fighters.
Rumours of al-Asiri’s death had been circulating for at least a year. US media reported in August 2018 that he was killed the year before in a CIA drone attack in Yemen in.
Al-Asiri built explosive devices used in the failed Christmas Day 2009 underwear bomb attack aboard a US-bound commercial flight. Another man was convicted in that attempted bombing and is serving a life sentence in the US.
Al-Asiri also allegedly built explosive devices intended to be used in a disrupted printer cartridge bomb plot in 2010, against another passenger aircraft in 2012 and in the attempted assassination of the former crown prince of Saudi Arabia, the statement said.

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