U.S.-Born Terror Boss Anwar al-Awlaki Killed

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Max E., Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Max E.

    Max E.

    I will give Obama credit for one thing, he is taking these Jihadist fucks out in droves.

    Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen early Friday morning by a U.S. missile, marking the highest-profile takedown of a terror leader since the raid on Usama bin Laden's compound.
    Al-Awlaki was a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the network's most active branch. He was involved in several terror plots in the United States in recent years, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks. President Obama signed an order in early 2010 making him the first American to be placed on the "kill or capture" list.

    This Oct. 2008 file photo by Muhammad ud-Deen shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

    He was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said.
    "AQAP has lost its ideological leader, which is a huge blow," a former intelligence official who has tracked al-Awlaki for years told Fox News.
    The Yemeni government and Defense Ministry announced al-Awlaki's death, but gave no details. U.S. officials confirmed that the Al Qaeda leader was dead, with one describing him as a "big fish." Several officials would not confirm or deny if it was a U.S. airstrike, but a senior defense source confirmed it was a U.S. missile that struck the terror leader.
    The strike hit a vehicle with three or four suspected Al Qaeda members inside, in addition to al-Awlaki. The strike comes after a heavy presence of U.S. drones was spotted in the skies over the region over the last couple weeks, one source told Fox News.
    Yemeni security officials and local tribal leaders also said al-Awlaki was killed in an air strike on his convoy that they believed was carried out by the Americans.
    Al-Awlaki would be the most prominent Al Qaeda figure to be killed since bin Laden's death in a U.S. raid in Pakistan in May. In July, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Yemeni-American was a priority target alongside Ayman al-Zawahri, bin Laden's successor as the terror network's leader.
    The 40-year-old al-Awlaki had been in the U.S. crosshairs since his killing was approved by President Obama in April 2010 -- making him the first American placed on the CIA "kill or capture" list. At least twice, airstrikes were called in on locations in Yemen where al-Awlaki was suspected of being, but he wasn't harmed. In May, U.S. forces were able to track his truck but were unable to take him out.
    Al-Awlaki, born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, was believed to be key in turning Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen into what American officials have called the most significant and immediate threat to the Untied States. The branch, led by a Yemeni militant named Nasser al-Wahishi, plotted several failed attacks on U.S. soil -- the botched Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up an American airliner heading to Detroit and a foiled 2010 attempt to send explosives to Chicago.
    The former intelligence official said that with al-Awlaki gone, the branch "still retains a lot of capability."
    But Richard Miniter, author of "Losing bin Laden," told Fox News that al-Awlaki's role will be "hard to replace."
    "He understood American society very well. He understood American idioms and pop culture and how to appeal to Americans," he told Fox News. "It's very hard for them to replicate this."
    Known as an eloquent preacher who spread English-language sermons on the Internet calling for "holy war" against the United States, al-Awlaki's role was to inspire and -- it is believed -- even directly recruit militants to carry out attacks.
    He was not believed to be a key operational leader, but as a spokesman. His English skills gave him reach among second and third generation Muslims who may not speak Arabic.
    Yemeni officials have said al-Awlaki had contacts with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the accused would-be Christmas plane bomber, who was in Yemen in 2009. They say the believe al-Awlaki met with the 23-year-old Nigerian, along with other Al Qaeda leaders, in Al Qaeda strongholds in the country in the weeks before the failed bombing.
    In New York, the Pakistani-American man who pleaded guilty to the May 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt told interrogators he was "inspired" by al-Awlaki after making contact over the Internet.
    Al-Awlaki also exchanged up to 20 emails with U.S. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, alleged killer of 13 people in the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan initiated the contacts, drawn by al-Awlaki's Internet sermons, and approached him for religious advice.
    Al-Awlaki has said he didn't tell Hasan to carry out the shootings, but he later praised Hasan as a "hero" on his Web site for killing American soldiers who would be heading for Afghanistan or Iraq to fight Muslims. The cleric similarly said Abdulmutallab was his "student" but said he never told him to carry out the airline attack.
    In a statement, the Yemeni government said al-Awlaki was "targeted and killed" 5 miles from the town of Khashef in the Province of al-Jawf. The town is located 87 miles east of the capital Sanaa.
    The statement says the operation was launched on Friday around 9:55 a.m. It gave no other details.
    The Yemeni Defense Ministry also reported the death, without elaborating, in a mobile phone SMS message.
    Top U.S. counter terrorism adviser John Brennan says such cooperation with Yemen has improved since the political unrest there. Brennan said the Yemenis have been more willing to share information about the location of Al Qaeda targets, as a way to fight the Yemeni branch challenging them for power. Other U.S. officials say the Yemenis have also allowed the U.S. to fly more armed drone and aircraft missions over its territory than ever previously, trying to use U.S. military power to stay in power.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/30/us-born-terror-boss-anwar-al-awlaki-killed/#ixzz1ZRQ9mrlk
  2. JamesL


    ...he is taking these Jihadist fucks out WITH drones.

    The drone President.

    And yes, that is a double entendre. :D
  3. Ricter


    You're trying too hard.
  4. Lucrum



    Because he's right?
  5. Ricter


    Guns and hiding behind trees were once thought of as cowardly ways to fight, but now they are the norm. Drones are the new cowardly way to fight.
  6. pspr


    Ron Paul calls it an assassination.

    Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is condemning the Obama administration for killing an American born al-Qaida operative without a trial.

    Paul, a Texas congressman known for libertarian views, says the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki on Yemeni soil amounts to an "assassination." Paul warned the American people not to casually accept such violence against U.S. citizens, even those with strong ties to terrorism.

  7. Max E.

    Max E.

    ACLU is pissed at Obama.

    ACLU Lens: American Citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi Killed Without Judicial Process

    Today in Yemen, U.S. air strikes killed American citizen Anwar Al-Aulaqi. Al-Aulaqi has never been charged with a crime. Last year, the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights represented Al-Aulaqi's father in a lawsuit challenging the government's asserted authority to carry out "targeted killings" of U.S. citizens located far from any armed conflict zone. We argued that such killings violate the Constitution and international law, but the case was dismissed in federal court last December.

    In response to today's killing of Al-Aulaqi, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said:

    The targeted killing program violates both U.S. and international law. As we've seen today, this is a program under which American citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government without judicial process, and on the basis of standards and evidence that are kept secret not just from the public but from the courts. The government's authority to use lethal force against its own citizens should be limited to circumstances in which the threat to life is concrete, specific, and imminent. It is a mistake to invest the President — any President — with the unreviewable power to kill any American whom he deems to present a threat to the country.
    In a hearing before a federal court last November, government lawyers argued the president should have unreviewable authority to kill Americans he has unilaterally determined to pose a threat. As National Security Project Litigation Director Ben Wizner added today: "If the Constitution means anything, it surely means that the President does not have unreviewable authority to summarily execute any American whom he concludes is an enemy of the state."
  8. Lucrum


    Uh...OK Ricter whatever you say.
  9. Max E.

    Max E.

    Well if these terrorists were willing to line up in a row with our side on one side and theres on the other like in the days of the civil war and muskets, im pretty sure we would be more than willing to. They are the ones who are the cowards who intentionally attack civilians, and hideout with civilians so we cant engage them most of the time.
  10. I am delighted that this muzzie fckwit is dead. The less of these muzzies remain alive the better.

    Our next target must and will be IRAN, the mother of muzzie terrorism.

    God bless Israel and all patriotic Americans who love Israel.

    Iranian fckwits are on notice. IRAN IS NEXT!! :D :D :D
    #10     Sep 30, 2011