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Sudan, USS Cole victims file joint demand to close the case definitively

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April 5, 2020 (WASHINGTON) - Families of the victims of the USS Cole bombing and the Government of Sudan filed on Friday a joint stipulation with the U.S. District Court in Virginia to close the case on financial compensation.

The port side damage to the guided missile destroyer USS Cole is pictured after a bomb attack during a refueling operation in the port of Aden in this October 12, 2000 (Reuters file photo)The two parties reached a settlement agreement on 7 February providing that the case would be definitively closed and prevent future cases before the U.S. courts.

"All Plaintiffs and Defendant the Republic of the Sudan (...) hereby stipulate and agree to the dismissal of the above-styled actions with prejudice," reads the joint demand.

Last February, the government in Khartoum said the agreement intends to settle "the historical allegations of terrorism created by the former regime and only for the purpose of fulfilling the conditions set by the U.S. administration to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism".

On Sunday the finance ministry in Khartoum confirmed the payment of the compensation to the families of the victims without disclosing its amount.

"We want to confirm very clearly that the amount was paid from the country’s own resources and from the accounts of the Ministry of Finance," said the ministry in a statement dismissing allegations that the government used pensions funds to honour February deal.

17 sailors were killed and dozens wounded in an attack on the destroyer USS Cole carried out by two men while refuelling in the Yemeni port of Aden on October 12, 2000.

In 2014, a U.S. court said that Sudan’s aid to al Qaeda "led to the murders" of the 17 Americans in the bombing of the USS Cole and awarded the families $35 million.

The Sudanese government is still negotiating a similar agreement with the victims of the attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi as well as Dar es Salaam on August 7, 1998.

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  • 6 April 2020 11:55, by Fathi

    John O’Neill was a three decade FBI veteran who started as a clerk in 1972, he became an agent in 1976, and went to New York as Head of FBI Intelligence about a year after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, he led the FBI investigation of the October 12, 2000, terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

    • 6 April 2020 11:56, by Fathi

      He retired August 2001 at age 49, to become chief of security at the World Trade Center with Silverstein Properties, after the New York Port Authority had granted a 99 year lease of the Twin Towers and four other buildings to Silverstein in April of that year for an estimated $3.2 billion.

      • 6 April 2020 11:56, by Fathi

        O’Neill’s FBI career was not without controversy, during his investigation of the USS Cole attack blamed on Abu Nidal the leader of the infamous Black September terror organization, O’Neill talked openly with other field agents that he suspected Abu Nidal was Mossad.

        • 6 April 2020 11:57, by Fathi

          Barbara Bodine, a Jewish US Ambassador to Yemen, when the USS Cole was attacked, started an intense political battle to oust O’Neill. She wanted to control the investigation, and resented the fact that there were hundreds of FBI personnel in the country.

          • 6 April 2020 11:59, by Fathi

            She complained to Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State, that the FBI was overly aggressive. Albright took the matter up with the upper echelons of the FBI, finally going to the Zionist Jewish FBI Director, Louis Freeh. Louis Freeh removed O’Neill from Yemen and in July 2001 O’Neill resigned from the FBI.

            • 6 April 2020 12:01, by Fathi

              O’Neill had resigned his post as Deputy Director of the FBI, during the summer very unhappy with the Bush administration’s head in sand approach to terror, after investigations into the attack on USS Cole had been blocked.

              • 6 April 2020 12:02, by Fathi

                John O’Neill was sure Abu Nidal was an Israeli intelligence asset, who was getting the blame for the job on the Cole. He knew FBI investigations into Nidal’s links to Mossad had been shut down in the summer of 2001.

                • 6 April 2020 12:06, by Fathi

                  O’Neill was missing for two days before 911. His body was allegedly discovered intact in the WTC ruins.



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