Trump confirms architect of USS Cole attack killed
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 — U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed on Sunday that the U.S. military had killed Jamal al-Badawi, an al-Qaida operative who plotted the bombing of a U.S. destroyer in 2000.
Trump confirmed the death of Badawi via his Twitter, saying “our great military has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole.”
“We will never stop in our fight against radical Islamic terrorism!” Trump added.
U.S. Central Command also confirmed that Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Marib province of Yemen on Jan. 1.
U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process, according to the Twitter account of U.S. Central Command.
Badawi was believed to be one of the principal architects of the bombing attack against the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole in Yemen’s Aden harbor in October 2000.
The suicide bombing attack, which carried out by a small boat loaded with explosives, left 17 U.S. sailors dead, 39 injured. – XINHUA