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A senior operative of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombing was killed by an airstrike in Yemen on Sunday, Yemeni officials said.

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Militants kill 26 soldiers after al Qaeda operative is killed in Yemen airstrikeupdated: Mon May 07 2012 04:28:00

A day after an airstrike killed a senior al Qaeda operative in southern Yemen, militants attacked two government military posts in the region, killing 26 soldiers and taking 16 hostage, officials said.

Detainee mail at issue during Guantanamo hearingupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 19:52:00

The name of Abd aI-Rahim Hussein Mohammed Abdu al Nashiri -- a suspect in the 2000 USS Cole bombing -- was hardly spoken during the first day of pretrial hearings in his case. Most of the discussion and testimony revolved around the matter of attorney-client privilege.

USS Cole bombing suspect makes no plea in hearingupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 17:23:00

The suspected mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole -- the 2000 attack that took the lives of 17 American sailors -- stepped into public view Wednesday inside a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Hearing for USS Cole bombing suspect set for later this month at Guantanamoupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 18:25:00

The arraignment for the USS Cole bombing suspect has been set for later this month in a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Pentagon seeks to improve transparencyupdated: Fri Sep 30 2011 21:36:00

The American system of carrying out military trials for suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba -- vilified by some -- is getting an overhaul.

Top Navy officer warns piracy may spill over into terrorismupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 17:58:00

A senior U.S. Navy officer is warning that piracy may become an increasingly dangerous and expensive problem, especially if it intersects with terrorism.

Guantanamo detainee lawyers ask that death penalty case be droppedupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 15:39:00

Lawyers for a terror suspect detained at Guantanamo -- linked by authorities to the bombing of the USS Cole -- say his waterboarding and other mistreatment plus delays in his case should force the government to halt his pending military trial and possible death sentence.

Military to pursue first capital prosecution against terror suspectupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 21:32:00

Military prosecutors have recommended the death penalty for the accused mastermind of the deadly 2000 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole.

New video messages from militant cleric, U.S.-born al Qaeda spokesmanupdated: Sat Oct 23 2010 19:01:00

Yemeni-American cleric and militant Anwar al-Awlaki appeared in a new video message Saturday, saying that Islam is in "severe need for guidance in these dark situations" and that the religion is "exposed to fateful dangers."

USS Cole crew praised at memorialupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 17:47:00

The crew of the USS Cole honors its members who were killed 10 years ago when the ship was attacked by a suicide bomber.

Ceremony held to honor sailors who died on USS Coleupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 17:47:00

On October 12, 2000, a suicide bomber attacked the USS Cole as it refueled in Aden, Yemen.

New issue of magazine offers jihadists terror tipsupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 13:25:00

The second edition of an online al Qaeda magazine has surfaced with frank essays, creatively designed imagery and ominous terror tips such as using a pickup truck as a weapon and shooting up a crowded restaurant in Washington.

11 dead in bold attack on Yemeni intelligence headquartersupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 12:32:00

Hours after an al Qaeda group issued threats of bloodshed, militants boldly stormed the Yemeni intelligence headquarters in the port city of Aden on Saturday, killing 11 people

Pirates seize cargo ship off Somalia; crew retakes second shipupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 08:27:00

A Panama-flagged cargo ship was hijacked by pirates early Wednesday off the coast of Somalia, the European Union Naval Force said in a statement.

Theme of the '00s? Unpaid billsupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 07:31:00

It's sometimes said that the '00s opened with a Pearl Harbor and ended with a Great Crash. Yet this dramatic decade still lacks even a name. The Forties had big bands and a bigger war, the Sixties protests and hippies, the Seventies "malaise." But what do we call the decade just ending?

From secret prisons to Guantanamo Bayupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 20:53:00

In September of 2006, President Bush announced that 14 suspected terrorists who were being held in CIA custody had been transferred to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Ban lifted, media witness solemn return of fallen service memberupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 17:04:00

His name was Phillip A. Myers. A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, he was killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan on Saturday.

Sailor in spy case gets maximum 10-year sentenceupdated: Fri Apr 03 2009 21:09:00

A former U.S. Navy sailor who provided al Qaeda supporters secret information about planned ship movements received a maximum 10-year prison sentence, the Justice Department announced Friday.

U.S. may hand over Yemeni detainees at Gitmo to Saudisupdated: Fri Mar 13 2009 20:02:00

The United States has discussed sending some Guantanamo Bay detainees of Yemeni citizenship to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation, according to a diplomatic source with knowledge of the discussions.

Obama meets with families of 9/11, USS Cole victimsupdated: Fri Feb 06 2009 22:42:00

Facing a potential backlash over his administration's policies for handling terror-suspect detainees, President Obama met privately Friday with 40 family members of victims of both the October 2000 USS Cole bombing and the September 11 attacks.

Charges dropped against suspect in USS Cole bombingupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 22:32:00

The U.S. government has dropped charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspect in the bombing of the destroyer USS Cole, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

Judge refuses to delay case against USS Cole suspectupdated: Thu Jan 29 2009 15:59:00

A military judge Thursday refused to delay proceedings against the accused mastermind of the bombing of the destroyer USS Cole despite President Obama's call for a temporary halt to trials of suspected terrorists. UN: Gitmo Trials Unfairupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 00:00:00

U.S. prosecution of terror suspects at its Guantanamo Bay detention facility fall short of international standards for fair trials

Military to seek death penalty for USS Cole suspectupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 17:38:00

The U.S. military will seek the death penalty against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, making him the first person charged in the United States for the attack on the USS Cole, an Air Force general said Monday. Saudi Charged in USS Cole Bombingupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 14:00:00

The Pentagon said Monday it is charging a Saudi Arabian with "organizing and directing" the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole -- and will seek the death penalty

U.S. Navy ships move closer to Lebanonupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:42:00

The U.S. Navy has moved the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole and other ships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon, Pentagon officials said Thursday.

Yemeni officials: USS Cole mastermind still in custodyupdated: Mon Oct 29 2007 19:18:00

Jamal al-Badawi, one of the masterminds of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was still in Yemeni custody Monday, authorities said, responding to reports that he had been freed.

Justice Department 'dismayed' over release of USS Cole bombing leader updated: Sat Oct 27 2007 16:25:00

U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen's release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. sailors.

Cole bombing suspect says he confessed under tortureupdated: Fri Mar 30 2007 12:16:00

A suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen said he was tortured into admitting responsibility for that attack and others, according to a hearing transcript the Pentagon released Friday.

Former U.S. Navy sailor arrested on terror chargesupdated: Wed Mar 07 2007 21:57:00

A former member of the U.S. Navy was arrested Wednesday in Phoenix, Arizona, on charges of espionage and providing material support to terrorists, the Department of Justice said.

Yemen 'foils two suicide attacks'updated: Fri Sep 15 2006 05:00:00

Yemen authorities thwarted attempts by suicide bombers to blow up two oil facilities with explosive-laden cars, killing both attackers Friday, an official Yemeni source said, according to the state-run Saba news agency.

14 terror suspects profiledupdated: Wed Sep 06 2006 17:51:00

Fourteen al Qaeda prisoners in CIA custody have been transferred to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for trial before a military tribunal, President Bush said in a speech Wednesday.

In the sights of a joystick killing machineupdated: Fri Jun 09 2006 09:05:00

As I stood talking into a camera on a remote airstrip in Kandahar, a Predator drone circled the sky, putting me into its sights with its high-precision cameras -- and just a trigger away from being turned into the charred remains of a Hellfire missile.

Yemen: Eight jail tunnel escapees now in custodyupdated: Thu Apr 27 2006 15:57:00

Yemen's government said Thursday that eight of the men who staged a daring escape from prison earlier this year have been captured or surrendered.

Soccer balls, broomsticks aid Yemen jailbreakupdated: Mon Feb 27 2006 17:43:00

Soccer balls, broomsticks and pieces of a broken fan were used to dig the tunnel through which 23 Yemeni fugitives, including members of al Qaeda, escaped prison this month, according to a report by the Yemeni government.

FBI puts al-Zarqawi high on its listupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 16:41:00

The leader of al Qaeda in Iraq has been placed on an FBI list of top terrorism suspects who haven't been charged with crimes in the United States but are wanted for questioning.

Warships aid search for Yemeni escapeesupdated: Thu Feb 09 2006 08:38:00

International warships under the command of the U.S. Navy moved Thursday into waters off Yemen, attempting to block possible escape routes for 23 prisoners who escaped last week, a senior U.S. military official said.

Second terrorist ID'd in Yemen jailbreakupdated: Wed Feb 08 2006 18:41:00

Another terrorist wanted in the United States was identified among the escapees from a Yemeni prison last week, the FBI said Wednesday.

Yemen prison break raises alarms at seaupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 20:48:00

Last week's jailbreak in Yemen of convicted terrorists, including the man considered to be the mastermind of the attack on the destroyer USS Cole, poses "a serious problem," U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday.

USS Cole plotter escapes prisonupdated: Sun Feb 05 2006 09:21:00

Interpol has issued "an urgent global security alert" after 23 "dangerous individuals" -- including a man identified as the mastermind of the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 -- escaped from a Yemeni prison.

Navy investigates carrier security breachupdated: Tue May 10 2005 12:25:00

U.S. and British military and law enforcement officials are investigating how a man was able to sneak on board the USS Harry S. Truman last month while the aircraft carrier was making a port call in Portsmouth, England.

Transcript of Bush speech on terrorismupdated: Tue Mar 08 2005 10:23:00

Following is a transcript of a speech on fighting terrorism President Bush delivered Tuesday at the National Defense University.

Court upholds death sentence in USS Cole bombing updated: Sat Feb 26 2005 05:21:00

A Yemeni appeals court on Saturday upheld a death sentence for a man convicted of being the mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole, but reduced a death sentence given to a second man, a government official told CNN.

2 sentenced to death for Cole bombupdated: Wed Sep 29 2004 05:34:00

A Yemeni court has handed down death sentences to two men -- one currently in U.S. custody -- for their roles in the bombing of the USS Cole, an official source in San'a said.

Pataki invokes 9/11 in Bush introductionupdated: Thu Sep 02 2004 20:19:00

New York Gov. George Pataki introduced President Bush at the Republican National Convention Thursday night by invoking images of September 11, 2001.

U.S. carrier collides with boatupdated: Fri Jul 23 2004 08:53:00

The aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy has collided with an unidentified dhow while on patrol in the Arabian Gulf, the U.S. Navy said.

Web site links al-Zarqawi to Iraq oil attacksupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 12:17:00

A Web site posted a statement Monday attributed to Osama bin Laden associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claiming responsibility for deadly weekend suicide attacks on two oil terminals in southern Iraq.

CNN correspondent to wed Jordanian princeupdated: Fri Apr 23 2004 13:58:00

Former CNN correspondent Rym Brahimi is engaged to Jordanian King Abdullah II's half-brother, Prince Ali, the palace announced Friday.

Schneider: Memo 'could be seriously damaging'updated: Sat Apr 10 2004 19:07:00

The White House has released part of a key intelligence report on Osama Bin Laden that says the head of al Qaeda had been determined to conduct terror attacks in the United States since 1997. CNN's Carol Lin talked to senior political analyst Bill Schneider about the implications of the memo's contents.

Sources: Yemen arrests suspect in Cole bombingupdated: Sat Mar 20 2004 17:00:00

Yemeni security forces have identified one of two men arrested Saturday as a suspect in the attack on the USS Cole in October 2000, the Interior Ministry said.

Yemen arrests 'al Qaeda figure'updated: Thu Mar 04 2004 06:26:00

A top al Qaeda operative that U.S. authorities have linked to the USS Cole attack, surrendered after a shoot-out with Yemeni security forces, according to Yemen's Interior Ministry.

Tenet defends Iraq WMD intelligenceupdated: Thu Feb 05 2004 12:46:00

CIA Director George Tenet on Thursday defended the prewar U.S. intelligence on Iraq, saying the United States needs more time to fully account for Iraq's suspected weapons programs and denying that political pressure bent analysts' conclusions. The following are some key points from Tenet's speech.

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