USS Cole bomber Jamal al-Badawi died in Yemen air strike

Clay Curtis
January 7, 2019

Jamal al-Badawi, the Yemeni al-Qaeda operative accused of organising the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, has been killed in a U.S. airstrike, President Donald Trump said. "We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi", Trump tweeted Sunday, adding that USA efforts against al-Qaida will continue.

Speaking to the BBC last week, Captain Bill Urban of US Central Command said the air strike targeting Mr Badawi took place in the Marib governorate.

President Donald Trump tweeted that the "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole".

Trump, in a Twitter post on Sunday, said United States forces "delivered justice" by killing Jamal al-Badawi. Urban could not confirm the Al Qaeda operative's death, saying US forces were still assessing the results.

The attack, claimed by al-Qaeda, is considered an early success for the armed group and its founder Osama bin Laden.

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He escaped from prison in Yemen twice, once in 2003 and again in 2006.

A small boat guards the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen Friday Oct. 20 2000.

A U.S. grand jury indicted Badawi in 2003 for his role in the bombing, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a reward of up to $5 million (£4 million) for information leading to his arrest.

The USS Cole approximately one month before being attacked by an al-Qaida suicide mission, which killed 17 American sailors in the port of Aden, Yemen. The attack, which predated the 9/11 terror attacks, left 17 sailors dead.

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