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Yemen: Al-Qaeda Leader Turns Himself In

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 16, 2007, Yemeni sources announced that Jamal al-Badawi, an al-Qaeda leader who is the mastermind behind the escape from a Yemen prison in February 2006 of 22 al-Qaeda detainees, had turned himself in to Yemeni authorities. The Yemeni judiciary convicted al-Badawi as one of those involved in the bombing of the USS Cole and he was serving a 15-year prison term when the escape occurred. (Leader of the "Great Escape" of al-Qaeda detainees Turns Himself In, ASHARQ ALAWSAT, Oct. 17, 2007.)