Jamal al-Badawi, the Al Qaeda operative tied to the deadly 2000 attack on USS Cole, was killed during a US airstrike in Yemen, President Trump announced Sunday. The results of the New Year's day attack are still being assessed, including whether Jamal Al-badawi was killed.
Mr Trump tweeted: "Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole".
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. Our work against [al-Qaida] continues. The terrorists blasted a gaping hole in its hull, killing 17 sailors, wounding more than three dozen others.
The stunning assault foreshadowed the more deadly attacks of September 11, 2001 that launched the American war against terrorism, still underway in various parts of the Middle East including in Yemen. "We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!", the commander-in-chief posted on his Twitter account.
U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, confirmed Badawi's death in a statement Sunday afternoon.
The FBI had placed Badawi on its most wanted list, offering a $5million reward for information leading to his capture. He was recaptured in March 2004, but again escaped in February 2006.
Two of the six terrorists involved in the USS Cole attack who were charged by Yemen were sentenced to death.
Another key suspect in the Cole attack, Abdel Rahim Al Nashiri remains incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay. 6, 2019, that the United States military has killed one of the architects of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole that left 17 American servicemen dead.