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A counterterrorism operation killed one of the founding leaders of a terrorist of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The White House confirmed a counterterrorism operation led by President Donald Trump successfully eliminated al-Qaeda cofounder Qasim al-Rimi in Yemen and a deputy to leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

“The United States, our interests, and our allies are safer as a result of his death,” a representative said in a statement. “We will continue to protect the American people by tracking down and eliminating terrorists who seek to do us harm.”

According to White House intelligence, al-Rimi joined al-Qaeda back in the 1990s and worked in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden, who took responsibility for a terrorist attack on New York City’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

“[The Arabian Peninsula] (AQAP) committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces,” the representative said. “His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qaeda movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security.”

News spread about the Central Intelligence Agency targeting al-Rimi in a military style strike sometime in the past seven days. The U.S. government did not release a statement until Feb. 6.

The terrorist previously admitted his involvement in an Islamic terrorist attack against Naval Air Station Pensacola on Dec. 6. Three American sailors died and eight others suffered severe injuries from the attack according to The Daily Wire.

More key terrorists have also died, including Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani who commanded the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force and was killed in a drone strike the president authorized back in January.

The president previously authorized a deadly raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria during October 2019. The target died after detonating a suicide vest while trying to escape from U.S. forces.

One day later U.S. forces carried out a separate airstrike attack that killed al-Baghdadi’s potential successor, Abu Hassan al-Muhajir while he was “smuggled across northern Syria in the back of an oil tanker truck” according to The Daily Wire.

The Trump administration eliminated Osama bin Laden’s son, Hamza bin Laden, who repeatedly threatened to attack the United States and was widely believed to be next in line to take control of al-Qaeda.

It also is believed to have authorized a drone strike against Abdul Reza Shahlai from Iran’s Quds Force on the same day Soleimani died.

“The disclosure of a second mission indicated that the Trump administration was attempting to target a larger set of Iranian military and paramilitary leaders than was previously known,” according to The New York Times.

Author: The BL Staff

Source: The BL: White House confirms President Trump successfully led an operation to kill multiple al-Qaeda terrorists

President Donald Trump spoke to mayors—both Republicans and Democrats—to strengthen cooperative ties between federal and local governments so they can provide better jobs for citizens, excellent schools, affordable health care, and safe communities.

He gave the speech on Jan. 24 at the White House as part of the 88th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, which was held Jan. 22-24.

President Trump said in his speech that his administration understands that for cities to thrive, citizens must be safe, and that is why they were working with state and local governments on the Safe Neighborhoods project, which aims to adopt the most proven and effective crime-fighting techniques.

The president also said that before his term began, violent crime was on the rise and the United States saw the largest consecutive increase in two years of murders in nearly half a century.

“In just a short time, we’ve reduced the number of murders in America’s major cities by more than 10 percent. And we’re getting tremendous numbers coming out now, much better than even that,” said the president.

Violent crime on the decline

“The nationwide violent crime rate has declined for two straight years. And, working with many leaders in this room, we have boldly tackled the opioid crisis. We’ve really made tremendous progress. In some cases, down 21 percent. Now, 21 percent is not much, when you think of the problem, but we have a lot of things happening,” he added.

President Trump said that drug overdose deaths have declined for the first time in nearly 30 years and that the Department of Homeland Security is also working directly with many city mayors to eliminate dangerous criminals from their communities.

He also referred to the Immigration Department (ICE), which is actively deporting thousands of dangerous MS-13 gang members. He cited the great cooperation from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico.

President Trump however referred to how difficult it was to work with sanctuary cities in the United States, which protect illegal aliens from deportation, including New York and Chicago, represented in the room.

“Sanctuary city policies that order police to ignore these federal detainees and release foreign criminals to the public, that’s really a tremendous risk,” the president said.

The president cited one recent example among many: New York City arrested an immigrant criminal on assault charges. However, “according to city policy, they defied ICE’s request for detention and released the violent criminal. After being released by the city, the same foreign criminal allegedly raped, brutalized, and murdered a 92-year-old woman on the streets of New York. “This horrible crime, and there are so many others, was 100% preventable” he said.

Cooperation with federal law enforcement

“I urge all of you here today to cooperate fully with the federal enforcement. We are all on the same team. Some have sanctuary cities, but even if they have sanctuary cities, we want to be able to work together because there can be huge differences in the number of crimes,” the president said, referring to Democratic cities that adopt policies not to deport criminals.

“My administration stands ready to work with each one of you to make our cities safer and stronger and more vibrant than ever before. As part of this commitment, last year my administration launched an initiative to cut federal, state, and local regulations to reduce the cost of housing. We also hosted a White House summit last month on mental health—a really critical issue confronting many cities and states,” he said.

He also referred to attacks on synagogues, mosques and churches in the community, urging mayors to work together to reject anti-Semitism and anti-religious fanaticism.

Following this request by the president, there was a standing ovation in the room.

“We are committed to building a nation where every community is secure, every family is safe, and every child can grow up in dignity and in peace,” pointed out the president.

In line with the message of the need for greater measures to ensure public safety, President Trump, at the end of his speech, signed H.R. 2476, the Anti-Terrorism Act, which authorizes $375 million in federal grants to help religious and nonprofit organizations defend themselves against violence.

Author: The Bl Staff

Source: The Bl: President Trump Strengthens Ties with US Mayors to Make Communities Safer

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