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** FILE ** Investigators in a speedboat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000. An explosion detonated by terrorists in a small boat had breached the hull of the destroyer while in port, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. (Associated Press)

** FILE ** Investigators in a speedboat examine the hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000. An explosion detonated by terrorists in a small boat had breached the hull of the destroyer while in port, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. (Associated Press)

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