An unnamed official in the U.S. presidential administration reportedly told CNN that all intelligence indicators showed Badawi had been killed in the strike as a result of a joint USA military and intelligence operation.
Another key al-Qaeda operative, bombmaker Ibrahim al-Asiri, is believed to have been killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2017.
A rubber boat loaded with explosives blew up as it rounded the bow of the guided-missile destroyer, which had just pulled into Aden for a five- to six-hour refuelling stop, on October 12, 2000.
The spokesman, Navy Capt. William Urban at U.S. Central Command headquarters, said Friday that the January 1 airstrike targeted Jamal al-Badawi (all-bah-DAWY). "U.S. forces are still assessing the results of the strike following a deliberate process to confirm his death".
An airstrike launched by a US drone killed a senior leader of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch in the central province of al-Bayda on Friday, a security official told Xinhua.
Seventeen American sailors were killed as well as the two perpetrators of the attack that was claimed by Al-Qaeda, in an early success for the terror group and its founder Osama Bin Laden.
In 2003, a grand jury indicted Al-Badawi with 50 counts of various terrorism charges, including the murder of US nationals and military personnel.
USA forces have repeatedly launched drone and air strikes against Yemen's al-Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in eastern and southern provinces.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which carries out sporadic attacks against Yemeni soldiers, backed by the United Arab Emirates in different areas of the country's southern regions, revealed no statement to confirm or deny the US airstrike. He was reapprehended in 2004, but escaped in 2006.