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U.S. Kills al Qaeda Figure Accused of Leading 2000 Attack on USS Cole

1/7/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
1/6/19:

Defense official acknowledges Jan. 1 strike that targeted Jamal al-Badawi in Yemen after President Trump announces death in a tweet.

The U.S. killed Jamal al-Badawi, a Yemeni al Qaeda operative accused of leading the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, in a strike this month, a U.S. defense official said. President Trump announced the death in a tweet on Sunday, 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.” The Jan. 1 precision strike targeted Mr. Badawi as he was driving alone east of the Yemeni capital, San’a, in Marib governorate, the official said. Until Friday, the Pentagon said it was still assessing whether Mr. Badawi had been hit in the strike. The Pentagon confirmed his death after Mr. Trump’s tweet.

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