Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole by Kirk S. Lippold

By Kirk S. Lippold

On October 12, 2000, 11 months ahead of the Sept. 11 assaults, the USS Cole docked within the port of Aden in Yemen for a regimen fueling stop.  At 1118, on a sizzling, sunny morning, the 8,400-ton destroyer used to be rocked through a massive explosion. The ship’s commander, Kirk Lippold, felt the send violently thrust up and to the precise, as every little thing now not bolted down appeared to flow in midair. Tiles tumbled from the ceiling, and the send was once plunged into darkness, commencing to sink. In a question of moments Lippold knew that the Cole had been attacked. What he didn’t understand was once how a lot the area was once altering round him. The bombing of the Cole used to be al Qaeda’s first direct attack opposed to the U.S. and elevated their brazen and lethal string of terrorist assaults during the heart East. during this gripping first-person narrative, Lippold unearths the main points of this harrowing adventure major his workforce of valiant sailors in the course of the assault and its aftermath. Seventeen sailors died within the explosion and thirty-seven have been wounded—but because of the valor of the staff within the perilous days that undefined, the send used to be saved. Yet despite al Qaeda’s intentions made transparent in an unmistakable act of warfare, the us govt not on time retaliating. Bureaucrats and politicians sought to shift and pin blame as they overlooked the risk signaled by way of the assault, shirking accountability until eventually the development used to be finally overshadowed by way of 9/11. 
Front Burner captures a serious second in America’s conflict opposed to al Qaeda, telling a necessary tale that has—until now—been misplaced within the fog of the struggle on terror.

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