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US Charges Two Linked to Al Qaeda for Cole Bombing

The United States on Thursday charged two fugitive Yemenis apparently linked to al Qaeda for their alleged roles in the bombing of the U.S. warship Cole that killed 17 sailors in Yemen in October 2000. In the first American charges related to the bombing, Jamal al-Badawi and Fahd al-Qusaa were indicted on a total of 50 counts of various terror offenses, including murder of U.S. nationals and murder of U.S. military personnel. If convicted, Badawi and Qusaa — whom the United States calls al-Quso — could face the death penalty. The men are Yemeni nationals who are at large after escaping from a Yemeni prison last month. The indictment was returned by a grand jury in New York and unsealed on Thursday. “Badawi and Quso are alleged to be long time al Qaeda terrorist associates who were trained in the al Qaeda terrorist camps in Afghanistan in the 1990s,” Attorney General John Ashcroft told a news conference. Full Story

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