US confirms death of militant involved in USS Cole bombing
- President Donald Trump confirms Jamal al-Badawi, believed to have been behind attack, was killed in a ‘precision strike’
The US military killed a suspected al-Qaeda operative believed to have orchestrated an attack on the USS Cole in 2000, President Donald Trump said Sunday.
Trump said US forces “delivered justice” by killing Jamal al-Badawi. The attack on the Cole killed 17 US sailors.
“Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole,” Trump said in a Twitter post.
US Central Command confirmed later Sunday that al-Badawi was killed in a “precision strike” in Yemen Tuesday.
Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 on 50 counts of various terrorism offences, including murder of US nationals and military personnel.
The October 12, 2000, attack on the Cole took place when the ship was anchored in the Yemeni port of Aden.