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October 23, 2007

AQ Mastermind of USS Cole Bombing Surrenders To Yemen Police

He had heard there was a SEAL Team ready to cross the Okinawan border to get him.

But it's not all roses. The Yemenis seem to have promised him a quick release.

We'll see if the US Special Forces respect that promise.

Yemeni al Qaeda leader Jamal Badawi has surrendered to police in Yemen. Badawi was the leader of the al Qaeda cell that responsible for the December 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen. Al Qaeda carried out the bombing using suicide attackers in explosive-laden inflatable boats. Seventeen 17 US sailors were killed in the strike. The FBI placed a $5 million reward for Badawi's capture.

Badawi is believed to have surrendered to authorities after negotiations with the government to halt attacks in exchange for a reduced sentence or freedom if he promises to eschew violence. Yemen has had a revolving door policy of jailing and releasing al Qaeda operatives in exchange for promises to lay down their arms.

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