On Sunday, President Trump affirmed the execution of the terrorist leader behind the 2000 attack on the USS Cole; Jamal al-Badawi, the terrorist leader, died in a Yemen airstrike last week.
President Trump’s Statement on the Terrorist
The president of the United States delivered the aforementioned announcement via Twitter earlier today:
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. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi was an al Qaeda operative. U.S. officials have determined that he bore responsibility for the U.S. missile destroyer in October 2000; this attack subsequently prompted the deaths of 17 American sailors and at least 40 additional injuries.
Additional Confirmation of Al-Badawi’s Death
On Sunday, following the tweet from President Trump, U.S. Central Command verified the occurrence of Al-Badawi’s execution.
See for yourself in the Twitter post below:
U.S. CENTCOM has confirmed that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Marib governate, Jan. 1.
Jamal al-Badawi was an al Qaeda operative involved in the USS Cole bombing. U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process.
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) January 6, 2019
On Friday, U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban announced that the purpose of the New Year’s Day Yemenian airstrike was to neutralize Al-Badawi. However, at the time, Urban was not able to validate the death of Al-Badawi.
His public statement reads as follows:
“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.”
An administrative official also informed CNN that “Al-Badawi was struck while driving alone in a vehicle and that the U.S. assessed there was not any collateral damage.”
Due to the part which Al-Badawi played in the aforementioned attack, he landed on the ‘Most Wanted List’ of the FBI.
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