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Trump Confirms That US Military Killed Terrorist Behind USS Cole Bombing

Trump Confirms That US Military Killed Terrorist Behind USS Cole Bombing

Jamal al-Badawi, the al-Qaeda militant behind the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000, died in a United States air strike, President Donald Trump has confirmed.

"We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!"

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

About two hours before Central Command confirmed the death, U.S. President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that Badawi had been killed.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the January 1 strike in the Marib governorate of Yemen had targeted Jamal al-Badawi, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 and was wanted for his role in the USS Cole attack and the attempted attack on USS The Sullivans. Another 39 USA sailors were injured when two suicide bombers detonated a boat filled with explosives near the destroyer as it was refuelling.

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The stunning assault, which also wounded 39 aboard the ship, foreshadowed the more deadly attacks of September 11, 2001 that launched the USA on wars in the Middle East that are still underway, including in Afghanistan. "Our work against al-Qaeda continues", tweeted Trump.

Al-Qaeda took credit for the October 12, 2000 attack, in which a rubber boat loaded with 500 pounds of explosives blew up as it rounded the bow of the USS Cole.

Another key suspect in the Cole attack, Abdel Rahim Al Nashiri remains incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay.

Al-Badawi was indicted by a US federal grand jury, but never extradited for prosecution. He was recaptured in March 2004, but again escaped in February 2006.