U.S. government officials believe that an American drone strike has killed the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Qasim al-Raymi is believed to have been killed by a CIA drone sometime in January. U.S. officials have been hesitant to confirm his death because of previous instances were High-Value-Targets (HVTs) were pronounced dead only to reappear later.

President Trump, however, indicated that the reports are valid by retweeting several news articles announcing al-Raymi’s death.

If proved true, al-Raymi’s death will be a major blow to AQAP, one of the more dangerous branches of the terrorist organization. In 2005, al-Raymi had plotted to assassinate the U.S. ambassador in Yemen, and he was behind the “underwear bomber” in 2009.

The State Department’s Reward for Justice program offers $10 million for information that will lead to the arrest or killing of al-Raymi.

The AQAP leader has been on American crosshair for decades now. In 2017, a SEAL Team Six raid failed to kill al-Raymi. Chief Special Warfare Operator Ryan Owens was killed during the operation.

Chief Owens.