Trump Kills Al Qaeda Operative Behind USS Cole Attack, Vows To Do What Obama Didn’t

President Trump just scored a major victory in our fight against radical Islamic terrorism. The president announced on his Twitter account that the Al Qaeda leader behind the attack on the USS Cole had been killed.

The USS Cole was refueling at a port in Yemen in October of 2000 when it was attacked by Al Qaeda suicide bombers. 17 Navy sailors were killed and 39 injured when the C4 explosives on the terrorists’ boat detonated. Bill Clinton was president at the time, and the attack took place about one year prior to the 9/11 terror attacks which took almost 3000 American lives.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed the kill with a statement on its official Twitter account:

“U.S. CENTCOM has confirmed that Jamal al-Badawi was killed in a precision strike in Marib governate, Jan. 1. Jamal al-Badawi was an al Qaeda operative involved in the USS Cole bombing. U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process.”

Fox News reported:

“Jamal al-Badawi, the Al Qaeda operative tied to the deadly 2000 attack on USS Cole, was killed during a U.S. airstrike in Yemen, President Trump announced Sunday.

Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman, said on Friday the airstrike in Yemen carried out on New Year’s Day was directed at al-Badawi, who was on FBI’s list of “Most Wanted Terrorists.” U.S. Central Command also confirmed Sunday the Al Qaeda operative who has been in hiding since 2006 was killed in a “precision strike in Marib governate.””

President Trump long criticized Obama for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terror,” as many Americans did when he was president.

Many viewed Obama as being “soft” on terror, and in comparison to Trump, he was. ISIS flourished under Obama’s watch, but President Trump dispatched the terror group & its caliphate almost entirely in his first year in office.

President Trump wrote of the killing of the Al Qaeda leader behind the attack on the USS Cole:

“Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!

Trump isn’t afraid to say “radical Islamic terror,” and he’s shown that he’s serious about taking Islamic terrorists out. Contrast that with former president Obama.

In July of 2018, the National Review reported:

“The Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer money to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan — a decade after the U.S. Treasury designated it as a terrorist-financing organization. More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000 of this grant even after learning that it was a designated terror organization.”

Even mainstream news outlet Time Magazine reported that Obama’s resolve to fight Islamic terror was questionable.

In an article from December of 2016 titled, “The Jury’s Out on Obama’s Terror Fight,” Time reported:

“When it comes to the war on terror, the question that will outlive the Obama presidency is: did he do enough? He has taken the long view—that the fight against Islamic extremism is going to be more marathon than sprint—and that a steady, persistent campaign will eventually crush such terrorists. Yet some analysts argue that by adapting a less forward-leaning U.S. approach, the world has grown more dangerous on Obama’s watch. The rise of ISIS has unnerved nations around the world, and triggered refugee flows that has sent cracks deeper into European fault lines.”

Obama was afraid to offend the Muslim world in general with the words “radical Islamic terror” as USA Today noted:

“He objects to the term because the U.S. must be careful not to lump “murderers” in with billions of peaceful Muslims around the world.”

Obama’s desire to not offend them showed in his lack of resolve to destroy ISIS which he could have done very easily seeing that he was Commander in Chief of the most powerful military in the world.

President Trump, fearing nothing, has taken a much different tack, calling attacks carried out by Muslims, “radical Islamic terror,” and roundly defeating ISIS & other Islamic terror groups in the Middle East in short time. And he’s vowing to never stop.

That’s what a real leader does. A real leader doesn’t worry about offending others while we’re in a war for survival. A real leader just goes out & kills the enemy & calls them what they are… in this case, radical Islamic terrorists.

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Jeff covers border news in the US and has traveled around the world documenting the border walls and counter-terrorism efforts of other countries. He runs the Rainforth Report on Substack. In 2022 Jeff embarked on a border crisis tour, documenting cartel trafficking of drugs and humans. The year before he was contracted to film on the border with Ben Bergquam of America's Voice News and also for Women Fighting for America. Jeff was the videographer for the March for Trump bus tour which crossed the country twice and ended on January 6th, 2021 in DC at the Capitol. He filmed the events that took place at the Capitol Building. Jeff was the videographer and news editor for We Build the Wall, the organization founded by triple-amputee vet hero Brian Kolfage. He was the sole photographer allowed to be on site to document the construction of the first ever privately built border wall. Jeff has worked on Kolfage's projects since 2015. Steve Bannon sent Jeff to embed with the Hong Kong protesters, covering their fight for freedom against the Chinese Communist Party, and regularly films inside of riots in Democrat-run cities in the United States. Bannon also sent Jeff to film for a documentary on border walls in mainland China as COVID was about to emerge from the country. Bannon and Kolfage then sent Jeff to film walls and counter-terrorism efforts in Thailand, Malaysia, Israel by the Gaza Strip, Hungary & Serbia, France, Spain, and north Africa. As of 2022 Jeff is an editor at Populist Press and other news sites. Jeff did a special 2nd Amendment project for Navy SEAL Rob O'Neill who killed Bin Laden, and he was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison. He is chairman emeritus of Ross Perot’s Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. He wrote for former war correspondent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30-person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Blog Bash Award for best activism for organizing the national movement to form a select committee on Benghazi, and for his role as the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from Mexican imprisonment. Jeff appears in Sgt. Tahmooressi's mother's book, "When Light Prevails."


  1. Thank you, Mr. Rainforth, for all you do! I love reading your articles and I salute you as a true patriot! May God always keep and protect you and yours! Amen.

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