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U.S. Airstrike Kills Terrorist Behind USS Cole Bombing

MV Blue Marlin transporting USS Cole from Yemen following the 2000 attack on the ship. US Navy Photo

A U.S. military airstrike on New Year’s Day reportedly killed Jamal al-Badawi, who helped orchestrate the October 2000 bombing of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67), officials said.

“We are aware of reports that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in an email to USNI News. “U.S. forces conducted a precision strike Jan. 1st in the Marib governate, Yemen, targeting Jamal al-Badawi, a legacy al Qaeda operative in Yemen involved in the USS Cole bombing.”

CNN first reported the death of Jamal al-Badawi Friday afternoon.

Jamal al-Badawi as pictured on FBI Most Wanted poster. FBI photo.

U.S. military forces are still assessing the results of the airstrike, following a deliberate process to confirm al-Badawi’s death, Urban said.

On Oct. 12, 2000, Cole was refueling at the Yemeni port of Aden when two al Qaeda terrorists brought an inflatable Zodiac-type speedboat alongside the destroyer’s port side and detonated a bomb onboard, according to the U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.

The explosion blew a 40-foot wide hole in Cole and killed 17 sailors. The crew was able to save the ship. The Navy transported the ship to Pascagoula, Miss., for extensive repairs.

Following the explosion, the FBI sent more than 100 agents from the FBI Counterterrorism Division, the FBI Laboratory and various field offices to investigate the bombing. After an extensive investigation, the FBI determined members of al Qaeda planned and carried out the attack, according to the FBI’s investigation history.

A federal grand jury in 2003 indicted al-Badawi and co-conspirator Fahd al-Quso with 50 counts of terrorism-related offenses related to the Cole bombing and an attempted January 2000 attack on USS The Sullivans (DDG-68). The U.S. government issued a $5-million reward for information leading to al-Badawi’s capture, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The indictment against al-Badawi claimed the Yemeni national was enlisted by members of Osama bin Laden’s inner circle to help organize the attack. The indictment charged al-Badawi with helping to establish safe houses for the terrorists in Aden and for obtaining the attack boat used in the attack and a truck and trailer used to tow the boat to Aden Harbor.

The federal grand jury charged al-Quso with assisting the attack on Cole by preparing to film it from an apartment overlooking the harbor. Al-Quso is believed to have been killed in 2012 by a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle strike, according to media reports.

  • Chesapeakeguy


    Well done indeed. Kill them all…

    • NavySubNuke

      The world is certainly a better place today without this guy in it.

  • Marcd30319

    Better late than never, m-f!

    • Rocco

      Should of happened alot sooner, families have closure!

  • disqus_6npiJ7fVP4

    It sometimes takes awhile, but we’re here to make sure you eventually meet God

  • RunningBear

    A few will forgive, but most will never forget!
    Fly Navy

  • tom dolan

    I like the absence of operational details also….our enemies don’t need to be told how and from where justice comes for them….just that eventually you and everyone around them is doomed.

    • Centaurus

      Couldn’t we at least have saved a head to display in a pike ?

      • tom dolan

        I’d like to send a high velocity smart munition to the funeral also….just on the off chance of cleaning up some associates.

        • Rocco

          Copy that!

  • DefTactics

    “All that is necessary for evil too survive is for good men to do nothing” Well done !!

  • muzzleloader

    Instead of the long arm of the law,a hellfire missle!

  • Michael Hoskins, Privileged

    Off Topic. Cole, Stark, Sam Roberts, McCain, Fitzgerald. We have seen them all on a heavy lift vessel heading home. None of those super lifters were American Flagged, American Built or American Manned. When things heat up in the South China Sea, what do we do?

    One on each coast, MSC operated, would not be a bad idea.

    As ships go, they are not horribly complex. With a little original thought they could incorporated some additional features to make them more useful between lifts, say, routine docking for intermediate maintenance, maybe even for subs. A few onboard shops manned by USN personnel.

    Just sayin’

    • Rocco

      Just saying!! Take a hard look at the stern of the ship!!

      • Michael Hoskins, Privileged

        My pic doesn’t expand well, too fuzzy.

        • Rocco

          Fair enough!

    • .Hugo.

      in the scs? easy, just hire one or two from china. some of your mentioned vessels were lifted by chinese built lifters anyway. 🙂

    • Duane

      What we do is stop colliding with merchant ships … for now, that appears to be the case.

      And don’t let any small craft approach anywhere near within blast radius .. that appears to be the process now too.

      In wartime, we won’t be sending ships across the oceans on ship carriers …they’s be too vulnerable to attack by air or submarine. Better to build and position floating drydocks to forward deployed ports in theater where existing defenses can protect them.

      • Michael Hoskins, Privileged

        It used to be called Subic Bay or before that Ulithi. No so much today.

  • Ed L

    Erdogan needs to be next

    • Rocco

      That would be great but not a good idea…..

    • Duane


  • .Hugo.

    i1. kknews. cc/SIG=rqn48l/319n0005rs793oqsp830.jpg
    the mv treasure used to carry ddg 56 was built by cosco ship heavy industry in the 2000’s.
    sure, happy new year, hehe….