President Donald Trump announced great news on Sunday.
Finally after 18 years, the U.S. military has caught up with the Al Qaeda terrorist mastermind who was behind the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 U.S. sailors and wounded 39 other people.
Trump confirmed earlier reports that Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi, an al-Qaeda operative on the FBI’s most wanted list, was taken out in during a strike in Yemen’s Ma’rib Governorate.
He was hit in his car while he was driving, no one else was there and no one else was hurt in the strike.
From Business Insider:
The bombing of the USS Cole, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, occurred while the warship was refueling at Yemen’s Aden harbor. On October 12, 2000, suicide bombers in a small boat filled with explosives attacked the ship, killing 17 US sailors and wounding another 39 people.
Al-Badawi had been picked up by Yemeni authorities multiple times since the bombing; however, he repeatedly managed to escape justice.
After being arrested in December 2000, he escaped in 2003. He was apprehended a second time in 2004, but he managed to escape again two years later.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 and charged with 50 counts of terrorism-related offenses. The FBI has been offering a reward of up to $5 million for information that would lead to his arrest.
Trump praised the action of the military.
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