March 19, 2007 - Hearing transcripts are released by the Defense Department in which Walid bin Attash confesses to his role in the attack.
March 2007 - Pentagon transcripts of a military tribunal hearing are released in which Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri claims that he made a false confession about the Cole bombing because he was tortured. The CIA has previously admitted al-Nashiri was among terrorist suspects subjected to water boarding while being interrogated.
March 14, 2007 - Ruling at the end of a two day civil trial without a jury, U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar finds Sudan liable for the USS Cole attack.
July 25, 2007 - Judge Doumar orders the Sudanese government to pay close to $8 million to the families of the sailors killed.
June 30, 2008 - U.S. military prosecutors charge Guantanamo detainee Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri with murder for allegedly planning the attack on the USS Cole. Al-Nashiri is the first alleged Cole plotter charged by the U.S., and has been in U.S. custody since 2002.
December 19, 2008 - The Defense Dept. formally approves war crimes charges against Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. Al-Nashiri has been imprisoned at Guantanamo since 2006.
January 22, 2009 - Seeking to close the Guantanamo prison within a year, President Barack Obama orders all Guantanamo detainee legal cases frozen pending a three-month review as the administration decides where or whether to prosecute the suspects.
January 29, 2009 - Military judge Col. James Pohl defies President Obama's order by scheduling a February 9th hearing for alleged Cole bomber Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri at Guantanamo.
February 5, 2009 - Susan J. Crawford, the top legal authority for trials at Guantanamo, drops all charges against Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri to uphold President Obama's executive order. The suspect remains in prison and may face new charges.
February 6, 2009 - President Obama meets relatives of victims of the Cole bombing and the September 11th attacks to explain his rationale for ordering the Guantanamo detention center to be closed and delay the military trials of terrorist suspects being held there.
April 20, 2011 - The Defense Department announces charges against Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. He is charged with planning the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, the attempted attack on the USS The Sullivans in 2000, and the attack on the French oil tanker MV Limburg in 2002. He may face the death penalty.
September 28, 2011 - The Defense Department announces the "referral of charges" against Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri. This sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to the appointment of a military officer as the trial judge in the case and a meeting of the judge, prosecutors and defense lawyers in coming weeks. Nashiri's arraignment will take place within 30 days.
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Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow, 35
Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, 19
Information Systems Technician Timothy Lee Gauna, 21
Signalman Seaman Cherone Louis Gunn, 22
Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, 19
Engineman Second Class Marc Ian Nieto, 24
Electronics Warfare Technician Second Class Ronald Scott Owens, 24
Seaman Lakiba Nicole Palmer, 22
Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, 19
Fireman Patrick Howard Roy, 19
Electronics Warfare Technician First Class Kevin Shawn Rux, 30
Mess Management Specialist Third Class Ronchester Manangan Santiago, 22