US stated Friday that Al-Qaeda operative Jamal al-Badawi was believed to have been killed. (File)
President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that the US navy has killed one of many architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen lifeless.
The navy stated Friday that Al-Qaeda operative Jamal al-Badawi was believed to have been killed in a precision strike in Yemen.
“Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole,” Trump tweeted. “We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi.”
“We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!”
On October 12, 2000, a rubber boat loaded with explosives blew up because it rounded the bow of the guided-missile destroyer, which had simply pulled into Aden for a refueling cease.
Seventeen American sailors have been killed in addition to the 2 perpetrators of the assault that was claimed by Al-Qaeda, in an early success for the fear group and its founder Osama bin Laden.
The chief suspect within the assault, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, is being held within the US detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 and charged with 50 counts of assorted terrorism offenses, together with homicide of US nationals and homicide of US navy personnel.
He was stated to have equipped boats and explosives for the assault on the destroyer.
Badawi was additionally charged with making an attempt with co-conspirators to assault a US Navy vessel in January 2000, and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted checklist.
According to the company, he was captured by Yemeni authorities however escaped from jail in April 2003. He was recaptured in March 2004, however once more escaped in February 2006.
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