Source: Al-Awlaki was killed by U.S. drone
American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in Yemen, the nation's Defense Ministry said.
September 30th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Source: Al-Awlaki was killed by U.S. drone

[Updated at 12:21 p.m. ET] The airstrike that killed militant American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in a car in Yemen came from a U.S. drone, a government source who was briefed by the CIA told CNN.

Three others, including Samir Khan, an American of Pakistani origin, were killed with al-Awlaki, reported Yemen's state-run Saba news agency, citing an official security source.

Al-Awlaki was killed about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Yemeni town of Khashef, east of the capital, Sanaa, said Mohammed Basha, a spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington. He said the operation was launched at 9:55 a.m.

[Updated at 11:59 a.m. ET] The airstrike that killed radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was part of an American counterterrorism program that "violates both U.S. and international law," said American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer.

"This is a program under which American citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government without judicial process," he said.

A Yemeni official has described the strike as "a successful joint intelligence-sharing operation" between Yemen and the United States

[Updated at 11:53 a.m. ET]  U.S President Barack Obama said Friday's death of  American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is a major blow for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and marks another milestone in the effort to defeat the terrorist network.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains a "dangerous but weakened" threat that calls for continued vigilance on the part of the United States despite al-Awlaki's death, Obama said.

Al-Awlaki - whose fluency in English and technology made him one of the top terrorist recruiters in the world - was killed Friday in an airstrike in Yemen, officials said.

The United States regarded al-Awlaki, the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as a terrorist who posed a major threat to American homeland security. Western intelligence officials believe al-Awlaki was a senior leader of AQAP, one of the most active al Qaeda affiliates in the world. It has been linked to the attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit in December 2009 and a cargo plane plot last year.

[Updated at 11:25 a.m. ET] Samir Khan, an American of  Pakistani origin specializing in computer programming for al Qaeda, was killed Friday with cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni  security official told the state-run news agency, Saba.  Khan was also the principal author of Inspire, an online magazine for the terror network.

[Initial post] Friday's death of American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, announced earlier in the day,  happened when an airstrike hit his motorcade, a Yemeni government official told CNN. The source would not say who carried out the strike.

The United States regarded al-Awlaki, the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as a terrorist who posed a major threat to American homeland security. Western intelligence officials believe al-Awlaki was a senior leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the most active al Qaeda affiliates in the world. It has been linked to the attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit in December 2009 and a cargo plane plot last year.

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  1. leeintulsa

    When i was a kid, i recorded it on betamax.. We were the first in the neighborhood to get stuff. Then everyone else got the better stuff that came out slightly later. Had betamax, trs-80.. Like that.. Lol

    October 2, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. joxy

    "This is a program under which American citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government without judicial process,"

    Incite violence against the USA, talk that much smack, you gonna die, BOY. High Five.

    October 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    You live by violence, you die by violence. Simple.

    October 2, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stoked

    Totaly against the law. Should be an impeachable offense. Of course, since it was ordered by a Democrat and not a Rebulican, it'll be ignored.

    October 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Quite true Stoked, quite true. Barack Obama does indeed need to be indicted and taken to the ICC for trial but won't be, tragically enough!!!

      October 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I posted something here last night in opposition to the ACLU's position on the killing of this traitor.
    Later posts using my name were not from my hand, so the answer is, "no, banasy, that was not really I, most of the time."
    It's good to know that my trolls have been waiting for me in my absence.

    October 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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