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Cole Suspect 'Talking His Head Off'

Thursday, 09 November 2000 12:00 AM

According to a report Wednesday by NBC News, these are the latest developments following the explosion that ripped the hull of the American warship as it took on fuel in the port of Aden in Yemen on Oct. 12:

• Yemeni authorities have detained two suspects they believe were involved directly in that attack.

• One of those being interrogated is "key to the operation, and talking his head off."

• Although the talkative suspect has so far not named names, investigators are increasingly confident they'll soon know specifically who gave the orders.

• Explicit details he is providing include how the attack was planned for more than a year, using a safe house in Yemen and a suicide boat to convey the explosives.

• Officials in Lahej, 22 miles north of Aden, provided the suspected bombers with use of government cars for their operation.

• Those officials, believed to be part the militant Islamic Jihad group of veterans of the Afghan war, met repeatedly with the bombers as they prepared to attack the Cole.

• The bombers had known those officials from their service together in Afghanistan fighting against the Soviets in the 1980s.

• An explosives expert believed to be Iraqi and another suspect, thought to be a Saudi, who supervised the plot pulled out of Aden before the bombing.

• The bombers were assisted also by low-level Yemeni officials in forging documents and concealing the operation.

• The government of Yemen was apparently not involved.

• However, the government has again reversed its position on cooperating with the investigation, halting a U.S. dredging operation that was gathering physical evidence in the port of Aden.

• Senior U.S. counterterrorism officials say most of the information gathered on who was behind the bombing is coming from third-country intelligence agencies feeding material to the United States.

• That points toward Osama bin Laden, the world's most-wanted terrorist, who runs his global operations from covert camps in the mountains of Afghanistan.

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