YEMEN: Awlaki killed in U.S. drone strike, American officials say

Anwar Awlaki
REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON -- Anwar Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric who was a leading voice in Al Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate,  was killed when his vehicle was hit by a Hellfire missile fired by an American drone aircraft, according to senior U.S. counter-terrorism officials.

They described the attack as a covert mission run by the CIA with Special Operations forces in Yemen.

An official statement from Yemen’s government said Awlaki was targeted and killed five miles from Khashef, a town in Jawf province about 85 miles from the capital, Sana.  The operation was launched at about 9.55 a.m. local time, the statement said.

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-- Ken Dilanian and other Times staff writers

Photo: In this Nov. 8, 2010, image taken from video and released by SITE Intelligence Group, Anwar Awlaki speaks in a video message posted on radical websites. Credit: SITE Intelligence Group

 
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