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October 12, 2000: USS Cole Bombed by al-Qaeda Militants; Investigation Thwarted      Complete 911 Timeline

      
Damage to the USS Cole.
The USS Cole is bombed in the Aden, Yemen, harbor by al-Qaeda militants. Seventeen US soldiers are killed. [ABC News, 10/13/00]
People and organizations involved: al-Qaeda, USS Cole
          

August 2001: Persian Gulf Informant Gives Ex-CIA Agent Information About ‘Spectacular Terrorist Operation’      Complete 911 Timeline

       Former CIA agent Robert Baer is advising a prince in a Persian Gulf royal family, when a military associate of this prince passes information to him about a “spectacular terrorist operation” that will take place shortly. He is given a computer record of around 600 secret al-Qaeda operatives in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The list includes ten names that will be placed on the FBI's most wanted terrorists list after 9/11. He is also given evidence that a Saudi merchant family had funded the USS Cole bombing on October 12, 2000, and that the Yemeni government is covering up information related to that bombing. At the military officer's request, he offers all this information to the Saudi Arabian government. However, an aide to the Saudi defense minister, Prince Sultan, refuses to look at the list or to pass the names on (Sultan is later sued for his complicity in the 9/11 plot in August 2002). Baer also passes the information on to a senior CIA official and the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center, but there is no response or action. Portions of Baer's book describing his experience are blacked out, having been censored by the CIA. [Baer, 2002, pp 55-58; Financial Times, 1/12/02]
People and organizations involved: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia, USS Cole, Robert Baer
          

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