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Osama bin Laden tasks al-Nashiri to attack ship

Part of USS Cole bombing

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
SubjectOil tanker1
Time Late 19981,2
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOsama bin Laden either asked Nashiri or approved his proposal to strike an American or western oil tanker off the coast of Yemen.

In 1999, bin Laden modified the plot to hit a U.S. warship in Aden.1
1'Detainee Biographies,' press release, Director of National Intelligence, Sept. 6, 2006.
2The 9-11 Commission Final Report. July 22, 2004. Chapter 5.1.
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