US says suspected USS Cole bombing planner killed in Yemen strike

Erika Holt
January 7, 2019

President Donald Trump says the USA has killed one of the alleged masterminds of the USS Cole bombing which killed 17 sailors in 2000.

An official said on Friday that intelligence indicated that al Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen as a result of a joint U.S. military and intelligence operation but it was not confirmed.

The Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in an explosives-laden boat while refueling at the Yemeni port of Aden.

The U.S. military said January 4 that it carried out a strike in Yemen targeting al-Badawi, but the results were still being assessed at the time.

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"Jamal al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of USA nationals and murder of US military personnel", the statement said.

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the airstrike killed al-Badawi. "We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi", Trump said in the tweet.

He made two successful jailbreaks in 2003 and 2006; after he surrendered in 2007, authorities in Yemen secretly made a deal to allow him to remain free in exchange for aiding in the search and capture of other al-Qaeda operatives. There is a five-million dollar reward for information leading to his arrest.

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi was convicted of plotting the USS Cole attack that left 17 US sailors dead and more than 39 wounded. Islamic terrorists have carried out more 34,000 deadly terror attacks since September 11, 2001.

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