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Breaking: Awlaki dead? Update: American Samir Khan also killed
Hot Air ^ | September 30, 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/30/2011 9:47:18 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The New York Times reports this morning that officials in both Yemen and Washington claim that American-born Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has reached room temperature somewhere in Yemen:

In a significant and dramatic strike in the campaign against Al Qaeda, the Defense Ministry here said American-born preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, a leading figure in the group’s outpost in Yemen, was killed on Friday morning.

In Washington a senior Obama administration official confirmed that Mr. Awlaki was dead. But the circumstances surrounding the killing remained unclear.

It was not immediately known whether Yemeni forces carried out the attack or if American intelligence forces, which have been pursuing Mr. Awlaki for months, were involved in the operation.

A Defense Ministry statement said that a number of Mr. Awlaki’s bodyguards also were killed.

A high-ranking Yemeni security official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Mr. Awlaki was killed while traveling between Marib and al-Jawf provinces in northern Yemen — areas known for having an Al Qaeda presence, where there is very little central government control. The official did not say how he was killed.

Awlaki has a long history of terrorism against the US.  At first considered a moderate cleric — the Bush administration invited him to the Pentagon as part of their outreach program after 9/11 — he became a suspect in the 9/11 attacks after at least three of the hijackers were traced to his mosque.  Awlaki fled the US and eventually masterminded the Christmas Day underwear plot in 2009 as well as a later plot to destroy cargo airplanes bound for the US, and at least inspired the Fort Hood massacre and other so-called “lone wolf” attacks.

These kind of early reports from places like Yemen have often proven wrong, although having confirmation from Washington makes it a little more reliable.  That also strongly hints that US forces were involved in the killing, which may mean hints will be all we’ll get.  As an American citizen, his status created controversy for the Obama administration when it became clear that they had tasked the military and intelligence communities with killing rather than apprehending him.  Awlaki put himself in that position by conducting a war against the US, though, and in war a belligerent has no particular duty to apprehend anyone who doesn’t surrender to their forces, regardless of their nationality.  For political reasons, don’t expect the same kind of celebration at the White House over Awlaki’s termination as was seen after Osama bin Laden’s death.

Assuming that Awlaki is really dead, though, this could be a bigger operational deal than getting bin Laden.  Awlaki’s group, AQAP, was by far the most active internationally among AQ affiliates, and his intimate knowledge of the US made him a dangerous foe.  His death won’t be the end of AQ’s attempts to create home-grown jihadis and infiltrators, but it will make that task a lot more difficult.

Update: Let’s not forget, however, that we’ve prematurely celebrated the end of this jihadi at least once before.

Update II: Rusty at MPJ notes that another American jihadi/traitor breathed his last in this attack, although at first he was rumored to have survived:

Sources in Yemen clarify why the rumor that he survived started: there were two missiles, he survived the first one …. but that second one? That one was the kill shot.

Samir Khan fled the US to Yemen and began producing the al-Qaeda recruitment “magazine” Inspire.  That makes two less Americans for AQ to consult on recruiting home-grown jihadis.  Be sure to read more at Khan at MPJ.

Update III: ABC News now reports on Khan’s demise:

A young American who edited al Qaeda’s English-language magazine, and had urged Muslims to mount deadly attacks on U.S. targets, was killed in the same CIA drone strike that eliminated Anwar Awlaki in Yemen Friday, U.S. officials said.

Khan, 25, was the Saudi-born, New York-raised editor behind “Inspire” magazine, the English language online publication of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. Khan had become a rising figure in jihadist propaganda and an “aspiring” Awlaki, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

But while Awlaki relied on sermons to recruit jihadis, Khan used sarcasm and idiomatic English in an attempt to appeal to Western youth. As Khan himself has said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I [am] Al Qaeda to the core.” He titled a rebuke of toppled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak “A Cold Diss.” Khan’s ability to use American vernacular, like a graphic depicting graffiti that reads, “Jihad 4 Eva,” had prompted concerns that young Muslims with an interest in jihad and al Qaeda would be drawn to a voice similar to their own.

“He does appear to be increasingly involved with operational activities [of Al Qaeda]“, a U.S. official told ABC News in 2010.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: awlaki; ronpaul; yemen

1 posted on 09/30/2011 9:47:20 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

eff their rotting skulls


2 posted on 09/30/2011 9:48:46 AM PDT by sappy
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; steelyourfaith; NormsRevenge; onyx; BOBTHENAILER; ...

fyi


3 posted on 09/30/2011 9:50:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: sappy
eff their rotting skulls

LOL. I like you. I really, really do. LOL.

4 posted on 09/30/2011 9:51:34 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: All
Additional blog resource...Long War Journal:

Yemen claims AQAP cleric Anwar al Awlaki 'killed' in airstrike

5 posted on 09/30/2011 9:52:55 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

When two non-citizens push out a baby on American soil
‘it’ becomes a citizen a.k.a anchor baby.
Anwar was no more an American citizen than maggot.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2785995/posts


6 posted on 09/30/2011 9:53:53 AM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ron Paul says this is assassination and therefor bad.


7 posted on 09/30/2011 9:53:57 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

His trusty sidekick kicked the bucket, too? I have to wonder what was on his bucket list?


8 posted on 09/30/2011 9:54:08 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama, Code Pink, and the Treason Wing of politics deeply saddened.


9 posted on 09/30/2011 9:56:14 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A young American who edited al Qaeda’s English-language magazine...

This bag of burned dog food may have been a "U.S. citizen" BUT HE WAS NOT AN AMERICAN! There is a huge difference.

10 posted on 09/30/2011 9:56:46 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Too much "education" can destroy your brain.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
It's being reported that both bodies are decimated beyond the point of being able to be identified.......interesting. That's 3 Obama kills that can't be id’d.
11 posted on 09/30/2011 9:56:59 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s good that both are now worm food.


12 posted on 09/30/2011 9:57:26 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Darksheare

And Ron Paul


13 posted on 09/30/2011 10:00:51 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: SandRat

part of Obana’s reelection campaign!


14 posted on 09/30/2011 10:01:19 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Mr. Awlaki

We've been fighting Islamic terrorists for how long and the newsies still have no clue about how Arabic names work?

Unless this is an extremely rare case, al-Awlaki is not surname, it is a "nisbah" -- a reference to membership in a city, tribe, organization, or sometimes profession. Case in point: Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti -- al-Tikriti wasn't a family name, it simply said that he (and roughly 90% of his inner circle) came from the city of Tikrit.

In some Arabic-speaking cultures, there is no such thing as a surname -- you have your personal (given) name, and typically one or more additional names specifying your paternal lineage. Example: Osama bin Laden would be in these cases Osama, son of Laden, with "bin" sometimes optional based on region/dialect. However, note in some Arabic cultures that have "modernized" to use a stable family surname, that a paternal name like bin Laden may be "fossilized" as the family surname.

15 posted on 09/30/2011 10:03:05 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I thought he fit into the last section under “Treason Wing”, but that works for me.
];-)


16 posted on 09/30/2011 10:03:27 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: driftdiver
and Ron Paul is suffering dementia..

time for him to retire to his homeland, rest, smell the flowers and finalize his estate...then smile and rest some more.

17 posted on 09/30/2011 10:03:58 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Honestly I can’t get excited about it because they’re like shark teeth.

At some point we’re going to have to figure out how to kill the shark.


18 posted on 09/30/2011 10:06:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

***Update: Let’s not forget, however, that we’ve prematurely celebrated the end of this jihadi at least once before.***

I can think of a few others.

Che was declared dead by the CIA back in the late 1960s then showed up alive in Bolivia.

General Giap of North Vietnam was declared dead but later was found very much alive.


19 posted on 09/30/2011 10:18:25 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Where's the DEATH CERTIFICATE?..............

20 posted on 09/30/2011 10:26:43 AM PDT by Red Badger (We cannot defeat an enemy that the president and hence his administration cannot name.......)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m having a GREAT day so far!


21 posted on 09/30/2011 10:42:08 AM PDT by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Khan himself has said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I [am] Al Qaeda to the core.”

No. but it took one to design the missle that killed you.
22 posted on 09/30/2011 10:52:43 AM PDT by jps098
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To: TigersEye
Atwofer
23 posted on 09/30/2011 11:04:03 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: jps098

Yea but at least we didn’t water board the poor bastard, that would be wrong! Right? What? Can MSNBC explain this to me?


24 posted on 09/30/2011 11:04:45 AM PDT by ynotjjr (Palin/Rubio 2012 It's called the Constitution. Learn it, live it, love it!)
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To: Darksheare
Obama, Code Pink, and the Treason Wing of politics deeply saddened.

Does that include Ron Paul?

25 posted on 09/30/2011 11:06:26 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I don't care if Obama claims credit, as long as they're blown up.

I do miss Photoshopping the death photos though...


26 posted on 09/30/2011 11:11:35 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
IBTCKPWHIY"K"ITCD

In Before The Captain Kirk Picture Where He Is Yelling "Khan" Into The Communication Device

27 posted on 09/30/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Things are so bad now, Kenyans are saying Obama was born in the USA.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"... the Bush administration invited him to the Pentagon as part of their outreach program after 9/11"
Well it does appear the outreach program finally reached out far enough. Good shooting drone pilot(s).
28 posted on 09/30/2011 12:40:07 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The day just keeps getting better! ;-)


29 posted on 09/30/2011 1:44:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Marine_Uncle
That was a long distance call with a little kick to it!

"Can you hear us now, Anwar?" lol

30 posted on 09/30/2011 3:03:09 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Awlaki -- the "gurumullah" for Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Fort Hood assassin -- committed an act of war against the U.S. Army, when he sent his drone, Hasan, to kill our soldiers.

IMHO, our drone's aptly-named "Hellfire" missiles executed justice on a valid millitary target. No regrets here!

31 posted on 09/30/2011 4:27:36 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TigersEye

Sort of, boom!


32 posted on 09/30/2011 4:37:26 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....Duncan Hunter Sr. for POTUS.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bonnie and Clyde

TT


33 posted on 09/30/2011 4:52:04 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is real islam. Moderate islam is the trojan horse.)
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To: driftdiver
Ron Paul says this is assassination and therefor bad.

So do a lot of idiot FReepers.

34 posted on 09/30/2011 4:53:57 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest!


35 posted on 10/01/2011 5:42:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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