Anwar Al-Awlaki Dead

Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric accused of planning terrorist strikes in the United States, was killed in Yemen in joint operation carried out by the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. counter-terrorism sources said. Al-Awlaki’s whereabouts and the route of his convoy have been under surveillance for three weeks before the special forces hit his armored convoy.

Anwar Al-Awlaki Dead

In 2009, the cleric planned a Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound aircraft, according to U.S. officials. He ordered the bombing of a Detroit-bound plane and instructed his men to detonate the bomb over U.S airspace for maximum damage. Al-Awlaki also planned to bring down two U.S. cargo aircraft flying to the United States and worked out plans to poison Westerners using cyanide and ricin.

A total of four people were killed in the attack on al-Awalaki which has been carried out by the same U.S. military unit that had hit Osama bin Laden, according to anonymous U.S. counter-terrorist sources. His death is the latest in a string of special operations that took the lives of major al-Qaida leaders during Barack Obama’s presidency.
Recently, al-Awlaki wrote an article titled “Targeting the Populations of Countries that Are at War with the Muslims,” where he is justifying the killing of civilian Westerners. Before to flee to Yemen he served as imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., a Washington suburb, for about a year in 2001.

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