The Saudi militant grew to become often known as the “underwear bomber” after constructing explosive gadgets utilized in a failed Christmas Day 2009 bomb plot meant to convey down a aircraft certain for Detroit. Al-Asiri was additionally liable for one other plot focusing on US-bound cargo planes in 2010 with explosives hidden in printer cartridges.
“Al-Asiri’s death significantly handicapped al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula. The United States will continue to hunt down terrorists like al-Asiri until they no longer pose a threat to our great Nation,” Trump wrote Wednesday.
A UN report launched the month prior additionally stated al-Asiri was probably killed.
Since mid-2017, the group has suffered losses of management and area commanders owing to intensive Yemeni and worldwide counter-terrorist operations,” said a June 2018 report by the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team. “Some Member States report that explosives knowledgeable Ibrahim al-Asiri … could have been killed in the course of the second half of 2017. Given al-Asiri’s previous function in plots towards aviation, this may characterize a severe blow to operational functionality.”
Nonetheless, few anticipate al-Asiri’s experience to die with him.
CNN beforehand reported that officers consider he educated numerous apprentices. And since 2014, US officers have been involved that bomb-making experience constructed up by al Qaeda within the Arabian Peninsula has migrated to different teams, together with al Qaeda operatives in Syria.
The newest public assertion attributed to him was a written speech launched by the group on September 12, 2017, to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults. The speech promised an ongoing struggle towards the US.
CNN can’t independently confirm he authored these statements.