Qasim al-Rimi is al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) senior military commander. Al-Rimi has played a key role in reviving the regional node of al-Qaida. In 2007, he and AQAP Emir Nasir al-Wahishi announced the emergence of al-Qaida in Yemen (AQY)—AQAP’s predecessor group. In addition to his activities as AQAP’s senior military commander, al-Rimi has played an important role in recruiting the current generation of militants making up the Yemen-based AQAP.
The U.S. Department of State designated Qasim al-Rimi as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224 in May 2010.