A Decade After USS Cole, Assessing Terror in Yemen

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

USS Cole, Bomb, Yemen A gaping hole mars the port side of the USS Cole after a terrorist bomb exploded and killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 39 others on October 12, 2000 in the port of Aden, Yemen. (U.S. Navy/Getty Images/Getty)

Ten years ago today, in the deadliest Naval attack in more than two decades, the USS Cole was bombed in Aden, Yemen. Al Qaida claimed responsibility for the suicide attack that killed 17 American sailors and injured 39 others. It was the first time many Americans had heard of the terrorist organization and Anwar al-Awlaki, the man who later be know for his involvement in the Fort Hood shooting and working with the "underwear bomber" in 2009.

Now a decade later, family members of the victims of the Cole are still frustrated that none of the suspected bombers have been prosecuted. John Clodfelter is one of those family members. He tells us how his son, Kenneth Clodfelter, died in the attack.

We also talk with Marisa Porges, a former counter-terrorism advisor to the U.S. government about whether the Obama administration is paying enough attention to the continued threat from radical groups in Yemen.


John Clodfelter and Marisa Porges

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Jay from Philadelphia

The bottom line is that we know the person who claims responsiblity and we've done nothing about it. Our ememies are laughing at us. Please can someone take charge and bring these criminals to justice. We need to provide the parents of these heroes a sense that our country stands with them in their sacrifice.

Oct. 12 2010 12:40 PM

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