Senior U.S. Official Confirms Radical Qaida Cleric Awlaqi Dead

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A senior U.S. official confirmed Friday that U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi was dead, after the Yemeni defense ministry said he had been killed with several other suspected militants.

"I can confirm... he's dead," the senior administration official said when asked about the incident, without providing further details.

Awlaqi, a U.S.-Yemeni citizen who had eluded capture for years, was believed to be a key leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and had been linked to a number of terror plots against the United States.

Republican Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called Awlaqi's killing "a great success in our fight against al-Qaida and its affiliates."

"For the past several years, al-Awlaqi has been more dangerous even than Osama bin Laden had been. The killing of al-Awlaqi is a tremendous tribute to President Obama and the men and women of our intelligence community," he said.

In April 2010, a U.S. official said President Barack Obama's administration had taken the rare step of authorizing the targeted killing of Awlaqi, after U.S. intelligence agencies linked him to attacks.

U.S. intelligence officials believe Awlaqi was linked to a U.S. army major who allegedly shot dead 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, and to a Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner on December 25, 2009.

Ben Venzke, who monitors militant groups at the U.S.-based IntelCenter, said the death of Awlaqi would deal a "significant blow" to al-Qaida's Arabian Peninsula franchise.

"It will especially impact the group's ability to recruit, inspire and raise funds as Awlaqi's influence and ability to connect to a broad demographic of potential supporters was unprecedented," he wrote.

Awlaqi, a charismatic preacher who spoke fluent English, was seen as having the unique ability to recruit al-Qaida operatives in the West.

Comments 17
Thumb canaanite 30 September 2011, 12:37

Good riddance!

Default-user-icon +oua nabka + (Guest) 30 September 2011, 13:51

3a2bel his bosses who fund him and people like him

Missing youssefhaddad 30 September 2011, 14:36

It is important to reform the teachings and the false pretenses that create these monsters. This is work to be done by good muslims who will stop those who teach hatred and intolerance in the name of God from spreading their venoms.

Default-user-icon Zoghaybish (Guest) 30 September 2011, 14:43

All Sunni crazies must be pursued and terminated, not only in Syria but all the way to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and beyond. Did I mention Hariri's Al Qaeda - Akkar and Tripoli Brigades? These Sunni crazies, too, must be terminated now.

Default-user-icon rami kremesti (Guest) 30 September 2011, 16:39

3a2bel el Zawahiri.... Mabrook for the free world, another terrorist rat down !!!!

Default-user-icon Referenced (Guest) 30 September 2011, 16:54

Hey, this guy was in the flick "The Jewel of the Nile" and he looks like our Shiite bro Le Phenicien on a good day!

Default-user-icon SANA (Guest) 30 September 2011, 17:56

Dammit another anti zionist killed, jabalamel must be devastated.

Thumb geha 30 September 2011, 18:13

let us see: how many sunnis are armed and with what? compare that to the chiites aremed and with what!
you do the math and decide who is more dangerous.
further, if things will continue like that, we have no other alternative but to get armed to kick the iranians out :)

Thumb geha 30 September 2011, 18:16

by the way good ridance for the above stupid guy :)

Thumb jabalamel 30 September 2011, 19:44

but most of all i condemn this lunatic mantra: iran iran iran iran iran....

you guys in al fanar having fun?

Thumb jabalamel 30 September 2011, 19:46

i see some sectarian language on both sides and i condemn it all

Default-user-icon aloush (Guest) 30 September 2011, 21:48

referenced, you are right he does look like fellow shiite bro finicien but finicien still has that nice dahieh smell, in fact i saw him at the husseiniya earlier today he had this exact uniform but he left to the back with the imam

Default-user-icon Le Phenicien (Guest) 30 September 2011, 23:42

God bless him , another saint is born !

Default-user-icon knight templar (Guest) 01 October 2011, 01:27


Thumb geha 01 October 2011, 09:50

well it stirred you the fact we want to get weapons :)
this will be the result of you not dropping down your weapons and all your illicit activities.
on May 7 your baltajiehs caught some security guards weapons, this time round it is going to be much more different, just wait and see.

Thumb geha 01 October 2011, 09:59

Just as a reminder: the real resistance started from Beirut against the israeli invasion, while you guys were enjoying being left alone with your weapons in dahieh by the same israelis :)

Default-user-icon Yamama (Guest) 01 October 2011, 10:13

Another radical Islamist bites the dust!!!