Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attack on the USS Cole.
On October 12, 2000, 11 months before the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Navy destroyer was refueling at a port in Yemen when suicide bombers in an approaching motorboat detonated 1,000 pounds of explosives. The blast killed 17 and injured 39 crew members and created 40-foot hole in the side of the ship. The attack was attributed to a cell within the al Qaeda network and is critical to understanding the events of 9/11 and their aftermath.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s exhibition Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden explores what the U.S. government knew about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda in the years prior to the 9/11 attacks. Visit Revealed online to learn more about the USS Cole bombing and events leading to the 2011 raid to find bin Laden.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff