Al-Qaida communications leader who mocked Trump by calling him ‘Donald T. Rambo,’ is allegedly dead
In another victory for the war on terror, Afghanistan officials claim to have killed a top al-Qaida operative who is currently on an FBI most-wanted list, The Associated Press reports.
Husam Abd al-Rauf, who once mocked President Trump by calling him “Donald T. Rambo” in an audio statement, was killed in a raid spearheaded by Afghan special forces in the village Kunsaf, AP News says.
Al-Rauf was placed on the most-wanted list Dec. 27, 2018, for “conspiracy to Provide Material Support and Resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; Providing Material Support and Resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization; and Conspiracy to Kill United States Nationals,” according to information on the FBI’s website says.
If confirmed, the death of al-Rauf would be the latest terrorist killed in 2020.
In January, President Trump ordered an airstrike that resulted in the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was the leader of the foreign wing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Top Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes was traveling with Soleimani when the strike occurred and was also confirmed dead.
At a news conference following the strike, President Trump made a declaration against terrorists attempting to evade justice:
“Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous: To terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American, we will find you; we will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans, and our allies.”
— President Trump at a Mar-a-Lago news conference, Jan 3, 2020
The FBI declined to comment, according to AP News. In addition, neither the U.S. military’s Central Command nor NATO returned comments to the press.
This is a developing story.