November 4, 2002
SHOWING AL QAEDA THE METAL:U.S. Missile Kills 6 Al Qaeda Suspects (CBS, Nov. 4, 2002)
Six al Qaeda suspects in Yemen were killed by a U.S. missile that blew up the car they were traveling in, CBS News has learned. Among the dead is a top operative of Osama bin Laden believed responsible for the suicide attack on the USS Cole, which killed 17 Americans.
The missile was fired by an unmanned CIA Predator drone operating over Yemen. The drone has been flying over Yemen for months, waiting for the hard intelligence necessary to put it into action.
The Yemeni news agency said "initial information" indicated that the dead included Ali Qaed Sinan al-Harthi, who U.S. counterintelligence officials believe was al Qaeda's top operative in Yemen.
A tribesman who refused to be identified further said he saw al-Harthi's dismembered body in the car.
"I know him like I know myself," the tribesman said. "That was him."
As it limped out of port, the USS Cole played first the National Anthem and then American Bad Ass by Kid Rock:
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh They call me cowboy
I'm the singer in black
So throw a finger in the air, let me see where you're at
Say hey hey
Let me hear where you're at
Say hey hey
I'm givin' it back so say
Show me some metal and say
Hey hey hey hey
Stupid song, but we salute the sentiment and relish the dismemberment. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2002 5:48 PM