US Confirms Death Of Militant Involved In USS Cole Bombing

Trump confirms key plotter in USS Cole attack has been killed

Trump confirms key plotter in USS Cole attack has been killed

A terrorist behind the attack on the USS Cole has been killed in an airstrike, Donald Trump has confirmed.

Seventeen American sailors died in the bombing, which came when two suicide attackers in a small boat detonated explosives as the Navy destroyer was refueling in Yemen's Aden harbor.

Trump wrote on Twitter on January 6 that al-Badawi was killed.

On Sunday, via Twitter, the president confirmed it.

The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, was wanted for his role in the attack on October 12, 2000. Our work against [al-Qaida] continues.

In 2004 he was convicted of plotting and taking part in the attack but escaped from prison in Yemen and, after handing himself in again, was allowed to walk free.

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Al-Badawi, a Yemeni national and the suspected mastermind of the attack, was indicted by a USA grand jury in 2003 and charged with 50 terrorism-related offences.

Navy spokesman Capt. William Urban said last Friday that an airstrike targeting Badawi was carried out last Tuesday in Yemen.

Jamal al-Badawi took part in U.S.S. Cole bombing that killed 17 USA sailors in 2000; Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.

There was a $7 million ($US5 million) reward for information leading to his arrest. "Jamal al-Badawi was an al-Qaeda operative involved in the USS Cole bombing".

During a state visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017, Trump positioned the fight against radical Islamic terrorism as the centerpiece of his foreign policy in the Middle East. The attack, which predated the 9/11 terror attacks, left 17 sailors dead.

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