Democracy Now: U.S.-Born Cleric, CIA Target Killed in Yemen

The Muslim Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has reportedly been killed in Yemen. The Yemeni government claims its forces successfully targeted al-Awlaki in a raid near the capital of Sana’a, but sources on the ground say he was likely killed in a U.S. air strike. State Department cables previously released by WikiLeaks have shown Yemen has taken credit for U.S. bombings within its borders to avoid public anger. It’s believed Awlaki was the first U.S. citizen added to a CIA list of targets for capture or killing. He’s been accused of ties to a number of plots, including the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 people. Awlaki was previously targeted in a U.S. bombing of Yemen earlier this year.

~ by wheresthemic on September 30, 2011.

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