Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

USS Cole Bombing Mastermind Killed by US Airstrike in Yemen

USS Cole Bombing Mastermind Killed by US Airstrike in Yemen

Al-Qaida claimed responsibility.

There is a $5 million (3.93 million pounds) reward for information leading to his arrest.

US intelligence indicates al-Badawi was killed Tuesday in an airstrike in Ma'rib Governorate, CNN reported, citing an anonymous Trump administration official.

A United States airstrike in Yemen on January 1 reportedly killed a notorious al-Qaeda operative.

The official word from CENTCOM as of Friday afternoon was that "U.S. forces are still assessing the results of the strike" that targeted al-Badawi.

One of the main plotters behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen dead may have been killed in Yemen, the American military said Friday. The official said there was no indication of collateral damage.

The Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in a small vessel packed with explosives while in port in Aden, Yemen, for refueling.

Al-Badawi's death in Tuesday's airstrike was also confirmed by Voice of America, citing a defense official.

Al-Badawi is wanted in the United States for his role in the October 12, 2000 attack on the Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden.

In 2003, a grand jury indicted Al-Badawi with 50 counts of various terrorism charges, including the murder of USA nationals and military personnel.

The Associated Press reported that Badawi was then sentenced to death for his role in the USS Cole attack, only to have his sentence reduced to 15 years in prison.

The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which carries out sporadic attacks against Yemeni soldiers, backed by the United Arab Emirates in different areas of the country's southern regions, revealed no statement to confirm or deny the USA airstrike. He was recaptured in March 2004, but again escaped in February 2006.

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