USS Cole bombing video

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Screenshot from an al Qaeda produced video of the USS Cole bombing.

The USS Cole was bombed in a suicide attack in October 2000 in Aden, Yemen, killing 17 and wounding 39. Several Guantanamo captives are alleged to have produced, or played a role in the production of a jihadist training video (or videos)[1] which documents the bombing and possibly its planning. During Ali Hamza al-Bahlul's Guantanamo military commission the video he was charged with producing was reported to have been 2 hours long. In addition to material specifically focused around the bombing it was reported to have contained images and sequences of suffering Muslims, as justification.

List of individuals alleged to have produced or distributed a Cole bombing video[edit]

Ali Hamza al-Bahlul
  • Acknowledges producing a video.
  • Video is said to be 2 hours long.
  • Independent terrorism commentator Evan Kohlmann testified that this video was among the top five most popular videos in jihad circles.[2]
Abdul Rahman al-Amri
The detainee was identified as the person responsible for providing a movie that provided all the details on how the USS Cole was attacked and the explosives that were used.[3]
  • Al-Amri claimed he had limited education, that other Arabs in Afghanistan used the same alias he did, and that the videographer must have been one of him more well-educated homonyms.
  • Fourth Guantanamo captive reported to have committed suicide.
Sharif Fati Ali Al Mishad
  • The detainee reproduced videos of the USS COLE bombing and sold them in Afghanistan.[4][5]
  • A source identified a photo of the detainee as an individual who was selling VHS tapes of the USS Cole bombing.[6]
  • Denied all the allegations against him.
Hassan bin Attash
The detainee, along with another al Qaida operative, produced the film of the USS Cole attack with the money and at the personal direction of Usama bin Laden.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2008-10-30). "Ex-U.S. jihadists testify at Guantánamo terror trial". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2008-10-30. [dead link] mirror
  2. ^ David McFadden (2008-10-31). "3 from NY terror case testify in Gitmo trial". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ OARDEC (21 September 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Umari, Abd al-Rahman Ma'adha Dhafir al-Hilala" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 12–13. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  4. ^ OARDEC (8 December 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Mishad, Sharif Fata Ali" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 58–59. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  5. ^ OARDEC (8 August 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Al Mishad, Sharif Fata Ali" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 99–100. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  6. ^ OARDEC (13 September 2006). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Al Mushad, Sharif Fathim" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 84–87. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  7. ^ OARDEC (15 September 2006). "Unclassified Summary of Evidence for Administrative Review Board in the case of Ali Bin Attash, Hassan Mohammed" (PDF). United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 73–75. Retrieved 2007-12-21.