No Let Up In The War On Terror Under Obama, Mastermind Of Uss Cole Bombing Killed

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 reasons

may 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

his head. He was indicted in the USS Cole bombing in which 17 US sailors were killed and 39 injured.

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.




Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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