USS Cole ‘ordered to position off Lebanese coast’
By Hussein Abdallah
Daily Star staff
Friday, February 29, 2008
BEIRUT: A US Navy warship has been ordered to take up station off Lebanon’s coast as a “show of support” as the standoff between Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government and the opposition continues, the Reuters news agency quoted an official in Washington as saying on Thursday.
According to the agency, the USS Cole – the same high-tech destroyer whose bombing by Al-Qaeda militants off Yemen in 2000 killed 17 sailors – left Malta on Tuesday and will remain over the horizon, at least for the time being.
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