About Abd al Rahim al Nashiri.
Born: Jan. 5, 1965 Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Captured: October 2002 United Arab Emirates
Profession: Told a 2007 military review that he was a merchant in Mecca who by 19 was a millionaire. CIA profile released by the White House in 2006 as al Qaeda Operations Chief in Arabian Peninsula at time of his capture
Paramilitary background: CIA profile said he fought in Chechnya and Tajikistan and trained at the Khaldan camp in Afghanistan in 1992.
Audio of U.S. militarys 2007 status hearing for Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, with white noise replacing description of torture at www.miamiherald.com/guantanamo
About the USS Cole
The 8,300-ton warship is based, or homeported, as the Navy calls it, in Norfolk, Virginia. It was commissioned, a formal ceremony, at Port Everglades, Florida, in 1996.
The ship is named for Marine Sgt. Darrell S. Cole, a bugler turned machine-gunner, who was killed in the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
It was on a refueling stop in October 2000 when two al Qaida suicide bombers detonated a bomb-laden skiff into the side, killing themselves and ultimately claiming the lives of 17 Americans.
They were: Hull Maintenance Technician Second Class Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, 21, of Mechanicsville, Va. Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow, 35, of Morrisville, Pa. Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, 19, of Woodleaf, N.C. Information Systems Technician Timothy Lee Gauna, 21, of Rice, Texas Signalman Seaman Cherone Louis Gunn, 22, of Rex, Ga. Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, 19, of Norfolk, Va. Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto, 24, of Fond du Lac, Wis. Electronics Warfare Technician Second Class Ronald Scott Owens, 24, of Vero Beach, Fla. Seaman Lakiba Nicole Palmer, 22, of San Diego, Calif. Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, 19, of Churchville, Md. Fireman Patrick Howard Roy, 19, of Keedysville, Md. Electronics Warfare Technician First Class Kevin Shawn Rux, 30, of Portland, N.D. Mess Management Specialist Third Class Ronchester Manangan Santiago, 22, Kingsville, Texas Operations Specialist Second Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, 32, of Ringgold, Va. Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr., 26, Rockport, Texas Ensign Andrew Triplett, 31, of Macon, Miss. Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley, 19, of Williamsport, Md.