Monday, May 7, 2012

Senior Al Qaeda leader wanted for USS Cole bombing killed in airstrike in remote Yemeni region

An airstrike yesterday killed a top Al Qaeda leader on the FBI's most wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship, Yemeni officials have confirmed.

The CIA drone attack killed Fahd al-Quso as he stepped out of his vehicle, along with another Al Qaeda operative in the southern Shabwa province.

News of his death comes as officials say Al Qaeda militants have killed 20 Yemeni soldiers and captured a further 25 in the south of the country this morning.

The Yemeni officials were speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with military regulations. The U.S. refused to confirm al-Quso's death but a telephone text message claiming to be from Al Qaeda media arm confirmed al-Quso was killed in the strike.

The airstrike came as the U.S. and Yemen cooperate in a battle against Al Qaeda in southern Yemen. Reports emerged this morning of a pre-dawn assault by Al Qaeda militants on an army base in the southern Abyan province.

In response, government forces shelled militant positions elsewhere in Abyan, killing 16 fighters. Read More