Osama bin Laden’s close associate killed in US attack
Saleh bin Salem, a close ally of Osama bin Laden, the leader of the banned al-Qaeda organization, was killed during a US-led operation in Yemen.
According to the British news agency Reuters, Saleh bin Salem was considered one of the close associates of Osama bin Laden, the founding leader of Al Qaeda.
Al-Qaeda’s branch in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced on Friday that a key commander of Al Qaeda had been killed in a US airstrike in Yemen.
The group confirmed the death of Saleh bin Salem bin Ubaid Abulan, known as Abu Amir al-Hazarmi, but did not mention the date or place of his assassination. An unofficial intelligence group site shared AQAP’s statement on its Twitter account.
Saleh is not the first major al Qaeda leader to be killed in Yemen. Earlier, in 2020, Donald Trump claimed to have killed al-Qaeda leader Qasim al-Rami in Yemen.
Qasim al-Remi, a founding leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen, was killed a few days after militants claimed responsibility for shooting at a US naval base.