The State Department announced today that it is offering rewards of $5 and $10 million for information concerning two Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders. Both jihadists attended al Qaeda training camps in pre-9/11 Afghanistan before relocating to Yemen, where they eventually assumed leadership positions. They are openly loyal to al Qaeda’s overall emir, Ayman al Zawahiri.
Qasim al-Raymi (or al-Rimi) was named AQAP’s emir in June 2015 after his predecessor, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, was killed in an American drone strike. Raymi quickly reaffirmed his allegiance to the “beloved father,” Zawahiri, after assuming AQAP’s top spot.
State offers a short biography for Raymi, noting that he “trained terrorists at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan in the 1990’s.” He did so at a young age, as he was born on June 5, 1978, making him forty years old today. This means he was only in his twenties when al Qaeda first promoted him to the role of trainer.