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  • Monday, February 06, 2006

    A "terrorist mastermind", or not?

    There are reports in various media outlets, including this one, from the New York Daily News, that the so called "terrorist mastermind" of the USS Cole attack back in 2000, has escaped from jail:

    Yemeni officials said on Friday that some of the escapees were linked to al-Qaida. But they didn't disclose until Sunday that among them was Jamal al-Badawi, the mastermind of the Cole bombing. Al-Badawi was among those sentenced to death in September 2004 for plotting the attack, in which two suicide bombers blew up an explosives-laden boat next to the Cole.
    According to this report, from CNN, back in 2003, a man called Whalid ba Attash was the "terrorist mastermind" of the USS Cole attacks:
    U.S. officials also believe Attash was the mastermind of the Cole bombing, which killed 17 U.S. sailors October 12, 2000. One U.S. official said Attash -- once a bodyguard to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden -- "will know about future al Qaeda plans." Attash is believed to be "very close" to bin Laden and served as an intermediary between Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the September 11 plot's mastermind, and some of the hijackers.
    So which one is the "terrorist mastermind" of the USS Cole attack? Is it Attash, or Badawi? The American media doesn't seem to know, or can't make up its mind. See all recent "A Logical Voice" posts

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