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Qasim al-Raymi

Abu Hureira Qasm al-Rimi
Born 1979
Other names


  • Qasim al-Raymi
  • Qasem al-Raimi
  • Qassim al Rimi
  • Qasim al-Taizi
Known for
  • Appearing in a threatening al Qaeda video, posted to YouTube
  • Being named on the Saudi most wanted list
  • Being identified as plotting to target the US ambassador to Yemen
  • A leader of a "militant extremist" group

Qasim al-Raymi (Arabic: قاسم الريمي) is a citizen of Yemen who is a senior leader of an Islamic militant group.[1][2] Al-Raymi is one of 23 men who escaped in the 3 February 2006 prison-break in Yemen, along with other notable al-Qaeda members. He next appears in connection to a July 2007 suicide bombing that killed eight Spanish tourists. In 2009, the Yemeni government accused him of being responsible for the running of an al-Qaeda training camp in Abyan province.


Abu Hureira Qasm al-Rimi is the name tied to a man identified in a threatening video posted anonymously to YouTube.[3][4][5] Agence France Presse reported he had also been identified as "Abu Hureira al-Sana'ani". The Jamestown Foundation identified him as Qasim al-Rimi.[6][7] According to the Jamestown Foundation "Abu-Hurayrah" is a title—it means "military commander". He is al-Qaeda's military commander in the Al-Qaeda's offshoot Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Three other men appeared in the video.[3] Two of them were identified as former Guantanamo captives named Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi and Abu Sufyan al-Azdi al-Shahri. The other man was identified as Abu Baseer al-Wahayshi.

Guantanamo spokesman Commander Jeffrey Gordon declined to confirm SITE's identifications.[3]

Saudi wanted list

On 3 February 2009 Saudi security officials published a new list of Saudi most wanted terrorist suspects.[8][9] The 68th individual found on that list was named "Muhammad Qasim Mehdi Reemy" or "Qassem Mohammed Mahdi Al-Rimi" with the aliases "Abu Hurayrah" and "Abu Ammar". Qassem Al-Rimi on the Saudi wanted list was one of two Yemenis on the list, and was said to be a "linked to Al Qaeda in Yemen, Saudi Arabia". According to the Associated Press he has "links to a plot targeting the U.S. ambassador in San'a."[10][11] They reported he rented the house where the operation was planned and he "monitored the US embassy".

Reports of Death

Al Rimi's death has been reported multiple times.

Al Rimi was reported to have died during a raid by Yemeni security officials on 9 August 2007.[12] Ali bin Ali Douha and two other militants were reported to have been killed during the raid.

Abu al-Rimi was the target of a raid on al-Qaeda camps in Yemen on 17 December 2009, which reportedly was carried out by US cruise missiles.[13][14] He was not reported killed.

It was reported that he was killed in a 4 January 2010 raid by Yemeni security forces, though this was proven false. However, according to officials, a Yemeni air strike on two cars, one of which reportedly contained al-Rimi, was conducted on Friday 15 January of 2010. Al-Rimi was reported to be one of those killed.[15][16] Of the eight men thought to be in the two cars, six are thought to have been killed in the strike.[17]

Following reports of his death Al Rimi was described as the military commander for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.[15][16] He is reported to have "orchestrated" the 25 December 2009 attempted suicide bombing of Nigerian Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab. But later it was found out he was alive and al-Rimi announced the creation of an "Aden-Abyan Army" to free the country of "crusaders and their apostate agents," in an Internet audio tape.[18]

Apology for Hospital Attack

Following the 2013 attack on the Yemeni Defense Ministry, which resulted in the killing of numerous doctors and patients at a hospital present in the compound, al-Rimi released a video message apologizing, claiming that the team of attackers were directed not to assault the hospital in the attack, but that one had gone ahead and done so.[19]


  1. ^ "2 tourists dead in attack in Yemen".  
  2. ^ Ahmed Al Haj (18 January 2008). "2 tourists killed in Yemen convoy attack".  
  3. ^ a b c "Two ex-Guantanamo inmates appear in Al-Qaeda video".   mirror
  4. ^ M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan (2009-01-27). "Kingdom re-arrests ex-Gitmo inmates".  
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Saudi Al-Qaeda Leader Outlines New Strategy and Tactics of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula".  
  7. ^ "Al-Qaeda Leaders in the Arabian Peninsula Speak Out".  
  8. ^ "Saudi Arabia's 85 Most Wanted".  
  9. ^ "Kingdom unveils list of 85 wanted militants abroad".  
  10. ^ Donna Abu-Nasr (2009-02-07). "Saudi suspects seeking to revive al-Qaida".  
  11. ^ "Saudi suspects seeking to revive al-Qaida".   mirror
  12. ^ Khaled Al-Mahdi (2007-08-09). "Yemen Forces Kill Al-Qaeda Mastermind".  
  13. ^ Obama Ordered U.S. Military Strike on Yemen Terrorists
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ a b "Yemen: Al Qaeda Military Chief Killed in Yemen Airstrike".  
  16. ^ a b James Gordon Meek (2010-01-15). "Yemeni airstrike kills six Al Qaeda; Qassim Al-Raymi, leader behind Christmas jet plot, may be dead".  
  17. ^ Six Al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen air strike
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  19. ^ "Al Qaeda: We're sorry about Yemen hospital attack". CNN. 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2014-01-22. 
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