Anwar al-Awlaki

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Obama: The Man Holding the &#39;Kill List&#39;

 Obama: The Man 
 Holding the 
 'Kill List' 
'NYT' Report

Obama: The Man Holding the 'Kill List'

'New York Times' dives into president's counterterrorism approach

(Newser) - The New York Times is running what is undoubtedly today's biggest talker—in terms of both length and heft. The paper interviewed three dozen current and past Obama advisers in an attempt to define the president's counterterrorism approach—a topic it describes using words such as baffling, confounding,...

White House Gives CIA OK to Bomb Yemen at Will

No need for agency to know targets' names before launching drone strike

(Newser) - The White House has loosened restrictions on the use of US drones against suspected militants in Yemen, following a CIA request . Now, the CIA and military can target militants seen as dangerous to the US without knowing their names, as is the case in Pakistan, the Wall Street Journal reports....

Holder Defends the Right to Kill Americans

Attorney general: Killing American terrorists is not 'assassination'

(Newser) - Eric Holder made his long-awaited speech today on the legality of America hunting down and killing its own citizens, the Washington Post reports. In a speech at Northwestern University in Chicago, the attorney general argued that an Oval Office review of the facts regarding any American amounted to "due...

Holder to Explain Legality of US Killing Its Own Citizens

The case of Anwar al-Awlaki figures heavily in AG's speech

(Newser) - In a major national security speech today, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to finally offer a more detailed rationale for the legality of killing of US citizens abroad, the Washington Post reports. Though Holder may not address Anwar al-Awlaki by name, the alleged al-Qaeda operative killed in an airstrike...

Our Dirty Drone War Must End

 Our Dirty Drone War Must End 

Our Dirty Drone War Must End

It may be creating more terrorists than it's killing: Gary Kamiya

(Newser) - Before 9/11, if the US president had announced that the government was going to "play God, reaching down from our high-tech heaven to kill whoever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want"—including US citizens, without a trial—the news would have been met with uproar. But...

Obama Mulls Release of Awlaki Memo
Obama Mulls Release of Awlaki Memo

Obama Mulls Release of Awlaki Memo

As al-Qaeda chides US for contradicting its own values

(Newser) - The Obama administration is currently debating whether to release a legal memo outlining its rationale for assassinating American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without a trial. Some argue the disclosure could quiet questions about the killing, sources tell CNN , while others say the memo is too sensitive, since it refers to a...

US Wrote Secret Memo to Let It Kill a Citizen

50-page memo said killing only ok if could not capture

(Newser) - The secret memo that allowed the assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen last month justified his killing as legal because he could not be captured alive, reports the New York Times . Completed in June 2010, the 50-page memo also was written narrowly, to deny the general targeted killings...

Secret Panel Placed Awlaki on Kill List

No records, no laws for National Security Council subset

(Newser) - This is sure to ramp up the debate over whether the US was right to kill one of its own citizens, Anwar al-Awlaki: Reuters reports that a secretive panel places militants like him on a kill or capture list, and that there are no public records of the panel's...

Ron Paul: Awlaki Killing Unconstitutional

Dick Cheney voices support for drone strike against Awlaki

(Newser) - Anwar al-Awlaki was a "detestable person" and no one mourns his killing in Yemen last week. But that doesn't change the fact that his killing was unconstitutional and "sets a dangerous new precedent," writes Ron Paul in an editorial in the New York Daily News . "...

Justice Department Memo Approved Killing of Awlaki

It gave the CIA the necessary written go-ahead

(Newser) - It's no secret that the White House gave the CIA its blessing last year to kill Anwar al-Awlaki despite his US citizenship, and the Washington Post today fleshes out more details on the move. It says the Justice Department analyzed the legal ramifications—specifically Awlaki's right to due...

Awlaki's Rap Sheet Includes 2 'John' Busts

Arrested twice in L.A. in 1990s for soliciticing prostitutes

(Newser) - Radical cleric Anwar an-Awlaki apparently had other things on his mind than just religion. During the time he spent in San Diego as a graduate student, the late cleric was arrested twice for soliciting hookers in the city's more seamy districts, reveals the Los Angeles Times . For the first...

Was US Right to Kill One of Its Own Citizens?

Bloggers disagree on killing of Anwar al-Awlaki

(Newser) - The killing of Anwar al-Awlaki has set off a spirited debate on one key point—the US just killed one of its own citizens. (In fact, it killed two .) A sampling:
  • Out of line: Glenn Greenwald at Salon is outraged. Whatever happened to due process, a right that citizen

Awlaki&#39;s Death May Mean Little in Yemen
 Awlaki's Death May  
 Mean Little in Yemen 

Awlaki's Death May Mean Little in Yemen

But in the US, he was among top terror targets

(Newser) - While the US will see the death of Anwar al-Awlaki as a key victory against al-Qaeda, those in Yemen are more likely to shrug their shoulders at the news—and it’s “debatable” whether the killing will have much impact on al-Qaeda’s operations, writes Dan Murphy in the...

Another American Killed in Strike on Anwar al-Awlaki

Editor of 'Inspire' magazine killed as well

(Newser) - Anwar al-Awlaki wasn't the only American jihadist killed in a drone attack today . The airstrike also killed Samir Khan , a 20-something of Pakistani descent from North Carolina, Yemen's Defense Ministry tells the AP . Khan was the creator of "Inspire," al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine . In its...

US-Born al-Qaeda Leader Awlaki Killed in Yemen

Cleric is dead after drone airstrike

(Newser) - American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed by an airstrike in eastern Yemen, according to Yemeni and US officials. The radical preacher, a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been a most-wanted terror suspect for years. He is the biggest target to go down since Osama...

House Probes New 9/11 Suspect

Anwar al-Awlaki may have been involved in attacks: Rep. Peter King

(Newser) - The House homeland security panel has set its sights on another extremist over possible ties to the 9/11 attacks: the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a dual citizen of the US and Yemen, reports Fox News . “We need to do this in light of al-Awlaki’s growing stature,” committee chair...

Leon Panetta: al-Qaeda Defeat 'Within Reach'

Terror group is down to 20 or so key leaders

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda, lately without its late leader Osama bin Laden, is on the ropes and defeat of the terror group is "within reach," Leon Panetta said today. En route to his first trip to Afghanistan since taking office, the new defense secretary told reporters that intelligence from Abbottabad indicated...

US Stepping Up Covert War in Yemen

Airstrikes target militants as Yemeni troops return to capital

(Newser) - Chalk up yet another growing battle for America. The US has intensified its covert war against Islamic militants in Yemen during the nation's recent weeks of turmoil. Airstrikes and drone attacks have targeted al-Qaeda militants as Yemeni troops withdraw to the capital, officials tell the New York Times . American...

Who's Left on World's Most Wanted List
 Who's Left on World's 
 Most Wanted List? 
with mladic captured...

Who's Left on World's Most Wanted List?

Sudanese president, al-Qaeda deputy make the cut

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden is dead. Ratko Mladic was captured in Serbia today, striking another name from the world's most wanted list. So who's left? AP takes a look at the war criminals and terrorists still out of reach:
  • Omar al-Bashir: The president of Sudan is wanted for crimes

US Tried to Kill al-Qaeda's Awlaki in Yemen

Drone strike yesterday missed target

(Newser) - The US nearly had an ever bigger week against terrorism leaders: A drone strike in Yemen yesterday was meant to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric who has emerged as a top al-Qaeda leader, reports the Wall Street Journal . The missile did not hit its target, US and Yemeni officials...

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