In the year 2000, the US Navy warship USS Cole was bombed and a number of sailors died. The master mind as deciphered by US intelligence was Fahd al-Quso who was tried and convicted in absentia.
Reports available suggest that Fahd al- Quso was travelling in a car in the mountains of Yeman with another companion named Fahed Salem-al- Akdam. It is a tribute to US intelligence that even 12 years after the bombing of the USS Cole, the case was not put on the back burner and the American's could still track and kill the terrorist. One of the reasonsmay have been a smug complacency in the mind of Fahd that as 12 years have elapsed he could be safe. This is in sharp contrast to India where a weak follow up allows most terrorists to fade away.
The US military used a drone for the attack, which tracked the car and fired its missiles in a secluded spot killing both the men. Al -Quso was a most wanted terrorist and carried a bounty of $ 5 million on
Al- Quso was a member of the al-Qaida support team in Aden during the attack. He was also one of the seniormost al Qaida leaders publicly linked to the 2009 Christmas airliner attack. The bombing which was to take place in Detroit failed.
Al -Quso was also a close aide of al - Awlaki who was killed in a drone attack earlier. The Yeman government is waging a war against the al-Qaida and allows the US to use its support facilities for the drone attacks. The death of the wanted terrorist was confirmed by local Yemani official Abu Bakr bin-Farid and the Yeman embassy in Washington. It appears he was killed in the remote montain range at Rafd.
This killing shows that the war on terror is not over and a long struggle is ahead.