Al-Qaida Operative Killed in Yemen Drone Attack

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One of the FBI's most wanted has been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, according to the Associated Press. Fahd al-Quso, the mastermind of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed Sunday.

* Fahd al-Quso was killed by a drone strike that was run by the CIA.

* He was stepping out of his car in the Shabwa province when he was hit.

* Residents reported seeing the plane that fired the drone at al-Quso.

* The place where he was killed, a valley in the Shabwa province, is a remote region where many

al-Qaida members are believed to be hiding, according to the Daily Mirror.

* Fahd Lakdum was also killed in the strike. He is also a member of al-Qaida, according to CNN.

* An airstrike carried out by the Yemen military also killed six al-Qaida members.

* The Yemeni government authorized the strike after the U.S. did surveillance on al-Quso, according to Arab News.

* The authorization to launch this strike was obtained in late April and attacks against al-Qaida were ordered by President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the president of Yemen, according to CNN.

* Al-Quso was a high ranking leader in the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the Washington Post.

* After the drone strike, al-Qaida members attacked a Yemeni army base in which 22 soldiers were killed and 25 soldiers were captured, according to the AFP.

* Military officials said that the attack was retaliation for the killing of Fahd al-Quso.

* Fahd al-Quso was convicted for his role of setting the explosives in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen in May 2003, according to the Associated Press.

* Al-Qaida confirmed that al-Quso was killed in the attack, saying, "al-Qaida affirms the martyrdom of the Fahd al-Quso in an American attack this afternoon in Rafad."

* Al-Quso was one of two people convicted in the plot, with Jamal Ahmed Mohammad Ali al-Badawi.

Lauren Finnegan graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in political science and has an insider's perspective on the military because of her role as a military wife who has lived around the country.

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