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A Senior Leader of Al-Qaeda In Yemen Has Been Killed By A US Air Strike

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Yemen (BNA) The Al-Qaeda group in Yemen has announced that a top Saudi leader in the organization has been killed by a US air strike, according to a statement distributed by the group online.
The group said in a statement on Tuesday that Ibrahim al Rubaish was killed in a drone attack two days earlier.The group did not specify where the purported strike took place.
Al-Rubaish had a $5m bounty on his head.
The death of al-Rubaish may be a sign that a covert US drone programme against Yemen's branch of the armed group continues despite the evacuation of American military advisers from the country amid a worsening civil war.
Yemeni and US officials had no immediate comment on the claim.
The group said al-Rubaish, who is from Saudi's ultra-conservative Qassim region, "has spent two decades of his life in jihad, fighting America and its agents".
He first fought in Afghanistan before he was arrested and held in the US military prison of Guantanamo for "a few years" before he joined al-Qaeda.
Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, who has reported extensively on Yemen, said al-Rubaish was "someone who has huge influence" among Yemen's al-Qaeda fighters.

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