If at first you don’t succeed, bomb, bomb again.
President Trump appeared to confirm reports that a US drone killed the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen branch by posting — without comment — a series of retweets Saturday.
Qassim al-Rimi, head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was the target of a January airstrike in Yemen, soon after another US strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, CNN reported Friday.
Al-Rimi, a veteran terror chief, was implicated in the 2008 attack on the American embassy in Sana, Yemen that killed 14, as well as in an “underwear bombing” plot in 2009, according to the New York Times.
He was the target of the first military operation Trump ordered as president, a January 2017 raid that left a Navy SEAL dead.
The Sana attack was ugly and the original Yemen op was a black mark.
The raid in Yemen that left one SEAL member dead and killed a number of innocent civilians had missed its main target — head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, it was revealed Monday.
The raid was the first military operation ordered by President Trump and his elusive target, Qassim al-Rimi, mocked the new president via audio message, according to NBC News.
“The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands,” al-Rimi said in a reference to the Jan. 29 raid.
Now the job’s done. With an intriguing footnote.
“This was not a DOD operation,” a Pentagon official said Saturday. Spokespeople for the CIA and National Security Council did not immediately respond to requests for comment.