Al-qaeda's first known attack was carried out on this day in 1992 in Aden

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ADEN (AH-duhn)

1. Port city of Yemen
2. Arabian gulf
Common clues: Yemeni port; Arabian gulf; Gulf off Somalia; Oil port; Mideast gulf; Yemen city; Capital of Yemen; Port on its own gulf; City first mentioned in Ezekiel
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News: Gulf of Aden Security Review
Aden City… Yemen

A foreigner should be well-behaved ~ Yemeni proverb

Aden is a city in Yemen. It is a natural port, built on an old volcanic site and first used by the ancient Kingdom of Awsan between the 5th and 7th centuries BC.

Map of Yemen from World Factbook

Aden consists of a number of small towns: the port city, the industrial city known as Little Aden with its large oil refinery, and Madinat ash-Sha'b, the centre of government. Two suburbs, Khormaksar and Sheikh Othman, lie north of the old city, with the international airport situated between them.

It was the capital of the People's Democratic Republic of the Yemen until the unification of North and South Yemen when it was declared a free trade zone. It gives its name to the Gulf of Aden.

The USS Cole bombing happened in this city on October 12, 2000.

The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) (foreground) remains moored to a refueling platform in the industrial harbor in Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 15, 2000. The Arleigh Burke class destroyer was the target of a suspected terrorist attack which took place in the port of Aden on Oct. 12, 2000, during a scheduled refueling. Nine sailors were killed and eight have been listed as missing. DoD photo.

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