Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump confirms death of alleged USS Cole plotter killed in U.S. airstrike

Trump confirms death of alleged USS Cole plotter killed in U.S. airstrike

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

The man targeted, Jamal al-Badawi, is wanted in the United States for his role in the Cole attack on October 12, 2000.

US Central Command first revealed on Friday that al-Badawi may have been killed in Yemen during a combined effort by US military and intelligence agencies. Urban could not confirm the Al Qaeda operative's death, saying USA forces were still assessing the results.

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

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.

The terrorist was indicted in 2003 and faced 50 counts of terrorism charges, but escaped prison, according to Urban. "Our work against al-Qaeda continues", tweeted Trump.

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Urban described al-Badawi as a "legacy al-Qaeda operative in Yemen involved in the USS Cole bombing".

"Jamal al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of US nationals and murder of USA military personnel", the statement said. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!" the president said.

There had been a $5m reward for information leading to his arrest.

The suspect "is also charged with attempting with co-conspirators to attack a U.S. Navy vessel in January 2000", it added.

The death of Badawi removes perhaps the last major figure in the USS Cole attack from the battlefield.

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