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The US has killed an al Qaeda leader; Shooting on Iraqi protesters; Russia blames Israel

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on February 7 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

U.S. kills al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula leader in Yemen -Trump

President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States had killed Qassim al-Raymi, the leader of Islamist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in a counterterrorism operation in Yemen

“Under Rimi, AQAP committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen and sought to conduct and inspire numerous attacks against the United States and our forces,” Trump said in a statement.

“His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qa’ida movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security,” the president said. He did not say when Raymi was killed.

The United States regards AQAP as one of the deadliest branches of the al Qaeda network founded by Osama bin Laden.

Reports in Yemen have suggested in recent days that Raymi had been killed in a drone strike in Marib. Reuters was unable to verify the reports.

One Yemeni government official told Reuters there had been a drone strike in Marib but it was not Raymi who had been killed.

Iraq: Al-Sadr supporters shoot fire to disperse Karbala protesters

Eyewitnesses stated that the supporters of the Sadrist movement’s leader, Muqtada Al-Sadr, fired live bullets on Thursday to disperse protesters in the city of Karbala in southern Iraq.

The eyewitnesses also told Anadolu Agency that dozens of Al-Sadr supporters known as “blue hats” stormed Al-Tarbiyah Square in the middle of Al-Tarbiyah City and attacked the protesters.

They added that Al-Sadr supporters carried batons and machine guns, and they fired live bullets in the air to disperse the protesters, amid clashes with them. Many demonstrators fled for fear of killing.

The eyewitnesses further stated that Al-Sadr supporters toppled the platform where the protesters used to express their positions for months in Al-Tarbiyah Square.

The “blue hats” members have launched an organised campaign, since Monday, to disperse the crowds of protesters in the country’s central and southern cities and towns using excessive force, following the orders of Al-Sadr.

Russia: Israeli attack in Syria almost killed civilian airplane

The Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow claimed that the Israeli attack on Syria, which killed at least 23 pro-Iranian gunmen in the middle of Wednesday night, put a civilian flight with 172 passengers on board at risk, according to Yediot Aharonot.

According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least three government Iranian positions near Damascus and west of the capital were targeted. Syria’s official SANA news agency said the Israeli strikes came in two waves and hit the al-Kiswah area as well as Marj al-Sultan and Jisr Baghdad.

The first wave at 1:12 a.m. “targeted some of our military positions in the suburbs of Damascus,” SANA quoted a military source as saying. The second wave at 1:41 a.m. “targeted military positions in the surroundings of Dara’a, Quneitra and Damascus countryside with a number of missiles fired by Israeli warplanes from the airspace in southern Lebanon and the occupied Golan.”

According to the Russian statement, F-16 jets belonging to the Israeli Air Force (IAF) shot eight air-to-ground missiles without entering Syrian airspace. Moscow blamed Israel for using the civilian aircraft “as a shield against Syrian anti-aircraft systems.”

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