U.S. drone kills al-Qaeda cleric Awlaki
Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed Friday in a joint CIA-military airstrike.
The radical Islamist preacher was tracked down leaving a funeral in a remote Yemeni town and killed by a rocket fired from an American drone aircraft. Also killed was Samir Khan, a Saudi-born, New York-raised jihadist, who specialized in computer programming for al-Qaeda and authored the terrorist network’s online magazine, Inspire.
Awlaki’s death marks “another significant milestone in the broader effort to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates,” said President Barack Obama, as the cleric “repeatedly called on individuals in the United States and around the globe to kill innocent men, women and children to advance a murderous agenda.”