Missing Link

HOW FEUDS AND CULTURE CLASHES HAVE STYMIED THE U.S.S. COLE INVESTIGATION

The investigation was troubled from the start. On Oct. 13, within hours of the suicide blast that killed 17 American sailors on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen, FBI agents assigned to the case touched down in the port city of Aden--and started to wait. For several hours the agents sat on their plane while the Yemenis searched through their luggage, itemizing every piece of high-tech equipment the gumshoes were bringing in. It was downhill from there. When they finally arrived at the Hotel Movenpick, where they would bunk three or four sweaty bodies to a room, they realized nobody had enough...

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