USS Cole bombing
The USS Cole bombing was a suicide attack by the terrorist group al Qaeda against USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy. Seventeen U.S. Navy sailors were killed and 37 injured in the deadliest attack against a United States naval vessel since the USS Stark incident in 1987. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. Sudan has agreed to compensate families of the sailors who died in the bombing.
About USS Cole bombing in brief
The USS Cole bombing was a suicide attack by the terrorist group al Qaeda against USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy, on 12 October 2000. Seventeen U.S. Navy sailors were killed and 37 injured in the deadliest attack against a United States naval vessel since the USS Stark incident in 1987. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. Sudan has agreed to compensate families of the sailors who died in the bombing. In June 2001, an al-Qaeda recruitment video featuring Osama bin Laden boasted about the attack and encouraged similar attacks. Planning for the October attack was discussed at the Kuala Lumpur al- Qaeda Summit from 5 to 8 January, shortly after the failed 2000 millennium attack plots. Along with other plotters, the summit was attended by future 11 September hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar, who then traveled to San Diego, California. On 10 June 2000, Mih dhar left San Diego to visit his wife in Yemen at a house also used as a communications hub for al-Qaida. He later returned to the United. States to participate in 911 hijack of American Airlines Flight 77, which flew into the Pentagon, killing 184 victims. The U. S. Navy has reconsidered its rules of engagement in response to this attack. The first naval ship on the scene to assist the stricken Cole was HMS Marlborough, a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy, under the command of Captain Anthony Rix. She was on passage to the UK after a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf.
Eleven of the most badly injured sailors were sent to a French military hospital in Djibouti and underwent surgery before being sent to Germany. The ship was reinforced by a platoon of Marines from the 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Team based out of Norfolk, Virginia. A few hours after the ship was struck, a few hours later a few forces landed a few miles away to help the crew of the USS Cole. The attack was the deadliest against a U. S. Navy vessel since the Iraqi attack on USS Stark on 17 May 1987. The plan was to load a boat full of explosives and detonate them near The Sullivans. However, the boat was so overladen that it sank, forcing the attack to be abandoned. The sailors injured were taken to the U. States Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center near Ramstein, Germany, beforebeing sent to theUnited States. Divers inspected the hull and determined that the keel had not been damaged. A former CIA intelligence officer Robert Finke said the blast appeared to be caused by C4 explosives molded into a shaped charge against the hull of the boat. Around 400 to 700 pounds of explosive were used. The crew fought flooding in the engineering spaces and had the damage under control after three days. The first U. s. military support to arrive was a small group of United States Air Force Security Forces from the 363rd Quick Reaction Force.