This is a quick diary on the recent death of two Al Qaeda members, one being the convicted Cole Bomber Fahd al-Quso, the other one, Fahed Salem al-Akdam, by a U.S. drone strike in Southern Yemen. According to msnbc, no one else was injured or killed.
A quick reminder about the USS Cole bombing: USS Cole was bombed in Aden, a port in Yemen in 2000 which killed 17 U.S. sailors. Al Quso was indicted in the U.S. for his role in the Cole bombing and "served more than five years in a Yemeni prison" before being released in 2007.
Also the following excerpt from the msnbc article emphasizes the importance of al-Quso's killing:
"Al-Quso was also one of the most senior al-Qaida leaders publicly linked to the 2009 Christmas airliner attack. He has allegedly met with the suspected bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Yemen before he left on his way to execute his failed bombing over Detroit.
In December 2010, al-Quso was designated a global terrorist by the State Department, an indication that his role in al-Qaida's Yemen branch had grown more prominent."
PS# I suspect Huffpost is trying to bury the news.
UPDATE: Wow! My first time on the rec list. Thank you everyone! I am honored.
5:08 PM PT: Family members are exchanging information. Please link if you have additional sources to help clarify the information.
Again, thank you for the rec list.
5:43 PM PT: More from the Huffpost now:
"Al-Quso's association with al-Qaeda dated back more than a decade, when he met with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan"