An Al Qaeda terrorist directly involved in the deadly attack on the USS Cole, was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Yemen, President Trump announced on Twitter Sunday.

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali al-Badawi was convicted of plotting the USS Cole attack that left 17 U.S. sailors dead and more than 39 wounded. The USS Cole had been refueling in the port in Yemen when al Qaeda terrorists in a small boat loaded with bombs barreled their way across the harbor and directly into the destroyer.

Al-Badawi was arrested for a bombing in Yemen in 2004 but laster escaped from a prison. According to reports he had later turned himself in to authorities in Yemen and was allowed to walk out of prison a free man shortly after. In 2003, a U.S. grand jury indicted him for his role in the bombing. Since then the FBI has offered a $5 million reward for information that would lead to al-Badawi.


Trump announced al-Badawi’s death on Twitter saying: “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!”

Department of Defense officials could not be immediately reached for comment, however, several news organizations reported the airstrike several days earlier based on information derived from DOD officials.


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