500 Pounds of Freedom Lands Squarely on Al Qaeda Leader

  • 2019-01-04
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
500 Pounds of Freedom Lands Squarely on Al Qaeda Leader
By Voice of America News: Scott Bobb reports from the Suruç, Turkey/ Kobane, Syrian border; "Turkish Border Towns Hosting Thousands of Kobani Refugees". (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-QFVCnd7Po) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
A U.S. airstrike in Yemen scored a direct hit on an Al Qaeda operative suspected of perpetrating the deadly 2000 attack on the USS Cole, claiming the lives of 17 American sailors. (Fox News)

The offensive maneuver was carried out in the Marib Governate, Yemen, and directed at Jamal al-Badawi, Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement.

“We are aware of reports that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a strike in Yemen,” Urban said. “U.S. forces are still assessing the results of the strike following a deliberate process to confirm his death.”

Al-Badawi is wanted by the U.S. government for his alleged part in the terrorist attack launched nearly 20 years ago against the USS Cole. The attack, which predated the 9/11 terror attacks, left 17 sailors dead.

“Jamal al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of U.S. nationals and murder of U.S. military personnel,” the statement said.

Al-Badawi had also earned a spot on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list.
 Source: AAN
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