Officials: US Airstrike Kills Terrorist Responsible for Death of 17 Americans

A terrorist who helped orchestrate the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 U.S. sailors has been killed in an airstrike, according to a new report.

CNN reported that Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was killed, basing its report on information from an unnamed U.S. official.

The official said Al-Badawi was driving alone in his car in Yemen’s Ma’rib Governorate when he was targeted, and that there was no collateral damage.

The attack was a joint operation between U.S. military and intelligence forces, the official said.

Publicly, the U.S. Central Command would only go so far as to say al-Badawi was targeted.

“US 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,” Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for Central Command, told CNN in a statement.

“We are aware of reports that Jamel 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,” he added.

Suicide bombers attacked the Cole on Oct. 12, 2000, while it was posted in Aden, Yemen. The terrorists who conducted the attack used a small boat laden with explosives to approach the Cole. The blast, which blew a hole in the side of the ship, injured 39 sailors.

The attack was blamed on al-Qaida.

“Al-Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003, charged with 50 counts of various terrorism offenses, including murder of US nationals and murder of US military personnel,” Urban said.

Al-Badawi had been arrested twice in Yemen but escaped both times.

The State Department had offered a reward of up to $5 million for information that would lead to Al-Badawi’s arrest.

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