President Trump in a tweet on Sunday confirmed that the United States military wiped out the terrorist who organized the attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 sailors.
U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban said in a statement Friday that the New Year's Day airstrike in the Ma'rib Governorate of Yemen was targeting Al-Badawi.
"Our great military has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole", Mr Trump tweeted.
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Trump, in a Twitter post on Sunday, said U.S. forces "delivered justice" by killing Jamal al-Badawi. "U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process". Al-Qaida claimed responsibility.
Jamal al-Badawi took part in U.S.S. Cole bombing that killed 17 USA sailors in 2000; Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.
News of the deal put a strain on relations between Yemen and the U.S., where Badawi had been indicted by a federal grand jury on murder and terrorism charges and the State Department had offered a US$5 million bounty for his capture. Since then the Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered a $5 million reward for information that would lead to al-Badawi.
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Al-Badawi was arrested for a bombing in Yemen in 2004 but laster escaped from a prison.
Damage sustained on the USS Cole after a terrorist bomb exploded during a refuelling operation in the port of Aden, Yemen. Islamic terrorists have carried out more 34,000 deadly terror attacks since September 11, 2001.
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