The Bombing Of The Attack Bombers

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On 12 October 2000, a 505-foot Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer named the USS Cole, was attacked by two suicide bombers while anchored in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling. The U.S. Navy destroyer, manned by a crew of 293, had been in transit from the Mediterranean Sea to the Arabian Gulf to support United Nations Security Resolutions involving Iraq. The suicide bombers had utilized a small motorboat laden with explosives to move in close to their intended target. Within seconds, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated, ripping a 40-foot hole in the half-inch reinforced steel-plated port side of the hull. While the heroic actions of the crew saved the vessel, seventeen U.S. Navy sailors were killed and forty-two…show more content…
Further, CI investigations play a vital role in resolving acts that are considered to be a threat to national security. Then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen immediately launched an investigation into the attack on the Cole. Within hours of the deadly blast, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and a contingent of individuals from the Pentagon’s Fleet Anti-Terrorist Support Team were dispatched to investigate the scene. In addition, U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) sent a task force to conducted a separate investigation into the bombing. While in Yemen, these agents developed a close working relationship with the Yemeni government and in the process, orchestrated one of the largest ever investigations regarding a crime that was committed outside of the U.S. It was discovered through the course of these investigations that the bombing was conducted by al-Qa’ida, which had considered the Cole to be a symbol of American power and policy in the Middle East. Investigations by the NCIS task force found solid evidence that linked the attack to Osama bin Laden. In addition, the Department of Defense (DoD) USS Cole Commission Report discovered that the DoD had failed to allocate enough resources to all-source intelligence analysis and collections, functions which are deemed critical to counterterrorism. It further stated in-transit units need adequately manned CI programs
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