GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
October 12, 2000: The USS Cole is attacked in a Yemeni harbor.

Seventeen American sailors are killed in an explosion on the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer docked in the Yemeni port of Aden. The Cole was moored for refueling when a rubber boat blew up alongside it. It is the deadliest attack on the U.S. military since the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia that killed 19.

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A small boat rammed the destroyer USS Cole while it was in port in Yemen. (October 2000)

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Details about the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden port in Yemen are emerging. Some of these details contradict the Navy's version. (October 2000)