|From National Review:
YEMEN: MORE DISASTROUS FALLOUT FROM THE TERRORIST ESCAPE [Andy McCarthy]
In addition to Jamal Badawi, mastermind of the October 2000 U.S.S. Cole attack, it appears that among the escapees from the recent jail-break in Yemen is Jaber Elbaneh, who was a ringleader of the upstate New York Qaeda sleeper cell known as the "Lackawanna Six." The "six" refers to the men who pled guilty to terrorism charges in 2003 -- it does not include Elbaneh.
As this AP report details,
Elbaneh is believed to have voluntarily surrendered to Yemen (surprise!), which of course declined to extradite him to the U.S. for prosecution. This is of a piece with the Cole bombers, none of whom has ever been prosecuted in the U.S. Two, Badawi and Fahd al-Quso, have been under indictment since May 2003.
Neither military nor legal action was taken by the Clinton administration in response to the Cole attack, an act of war which killed 17 U.S. sailors and nearly sank a naval destroyer. Meanwhile, in a November 2005 briefing,
a State Department spokesman reported that Secretary of State Rice had just had "a warm meeting" with her Yemeni counterpart, in which the number one topic "was obviously the cooperation in the war on terror, the central role that Yemen has to play in that, given its neighborhood, given its history and the strong cooperation that our two countries have in that effort."