Anwar Al-Awlaki and Samir Khan Bite the Dust

Good riddance!

US officials: US attack in Yemen kills al-Awlaki

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a devastating double-blow to al-Qaida’s most dangerous franchise, U.S. counterterrorism forces killed two American citizens who played key roles in inspiring attacks against the U.S., U.S. and Yemeni officials said Friday.

U.S-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, who edited the slick Jihadi Internet magazine, were killed in an air strike on their convoy in Yemen by a joint CIA-U.S. military operation, according to counterterrorism officials. Al-Awlaki was targeted in the killing, but Khan apparently was not targeted directly.

After three weeks of tracking the targets, U.S. armed drones and fighter jets shadowed the al-Qaida convoy before armed drones launched their lethal strike early Friday. The strike killed four operatives in all, officials said. All U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.

Al-Awlaki played a “significant operational role” in plotting and inspiring attacks on the United States, U.S. officials said Friday, as they disclosed detailed intelligence to justify the killing of a U.S. citizen. Khan, who was from North Carolina, wasn’t considered operational but had published seven issues of Inspire Magazine, offering advice on how to make bombs and the use of weapons. The magazine was widely read.

Following the strike, a U.S. official outlined new details of al-Awlaki’s involvement in anti-U.S. operations, including the attempted 2009 Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound aircraft. The official said that al-Awlaki specifically directed the men accused of trying to bomb the Detroit-bound plane to detonate an explosive device over U.S. airspace to maximize casualties.

The official also said al-Awlaki had a direct role in supervising and directing a failed attempt to bring down two U.S. cargo aircraft by detonating explosives concealed inside two packages mailed to the U.S. The U.S. also believes Awlaki had sought to use poisons, including cyanide and ricin, to attack Westerners.

The U.S. and counterterrorism officials all spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence matters.

Al-Awlaki was killed by the same U.S. military unit that got Osama bin Laden. Al-Awlaki is the most prominent al-Qaida figure to be killed since bin Laden’s death in May.

U.S. word of al-Awlaki’s death came after the government of Yemen reported that he had been killed Friday about five miles from the town of Khashef, some 87 miles from the capital Sanaa.

[…]

Al-Awlaki’s death is the latest in a run of high-profile kills for Washington under President Barack Obama. But the killing raises questions that the death of other al-Qaida leaders, including bin Laden, did not.

Al-Awlaki is a U.S. citizen, born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, who had not been charged with any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government’s authority to kill an American without trial.

[…]

U.S. officials have said they believe al-Awlaki inspired the actions of Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the attack at Fort Hood, Texas.

In New York, the Pakistani-American man who pleaded guilty to the May 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt said he was “inspired” by al-Awlaki after making contact over the Internet.

Al-Awlaki also is believed to have had a hand in mail bombs addressed to Chicago-area synagogues, packages intercepted in Dubai and Europe in October 2010.

[…]

Al-Awlaki served as imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., a Washington suburb, for about a year in 2001.

The mosque’s outreach director, Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, has said that mosque members never saw al-Awlaki espousing radical ideology while he was there and that he believes Awlaki’s views changed after he left the U.S.

Uh, sure he did…

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11 Comments on “Anwar Al-Awlaki and Samir Khan Bite the Dust”

  1. Gonzo Says:

    Imams everywhere, “And may Allah guide and protect those on the side of righteousness. And….oh, oops. Who we got left?”

  2. tgusa Says:

    I keep hearing this Al guy referred to as American born. What are the details regarding his father? How many wives did his dad have? My guess is several. I would suspect that many muslims born in the USA have been conceived in a manner that violates our laws. I am tired of this ollie ollie oxen free anchor baby garbage. Drug cartel bosses wives having babies here, jihadists having babies here, why don’t we just round up every dirt bag in the world and give them citizenship, or are we already doing that?

    • Big Frank Says:

      No other country is stupid enough to give citizenship to someone just because they were born in their country. Many issue a birth record and forward it to the consulate of the birth mothers citizenship. No one in the political class in the US has the backbone to change the law out of PC fear of being tagged as racist or xenophobic.


  3. Well thats too bad…

    I guess ‘al’ is enjoying his 72 virgins… But I wonder…

    Were those raisins or Hermaphrodites…

    >:-)

  4. Big Frank Says:

    Don’t stop with bringing this inbred mutant to room temperature, there are many more out there waiting to die for their beliefs, Go ahead make their day.

  5. Leatherneck Says:

    Dr., and/or Ronin,

    I’m all for shipping POS moon god worshipers, but the SFB’s was an American. Shouldn’t he have been tried for Treason, then shot at dawn?

    It appears to me, those for the global government are rebels, and those that are not are militants. Perhaps, this is another one that did not want to follow the Muslim Brotherhood on the Hunda, while the CFR agenda is to help create a North African/Egypt, Syria Ummah where the Muslim Brotherhood rules.

    If America is going to off it’s own, shouldn’t we start with DaOne, Billery, Holder, and the Bull Dike at Homeland? They are full of Treason for this country.


    • “…the SFB’s was an American. Shouldn’t he have been tried for Treason, then shot at dawn?”

      Obama and his fellow DemonRats used to slam Bush mercilessly whenever he justified his actions under the protection of “due process in war.” Remember the phrase, “cutting off the head of the snake?” That’s a simple way of invoking “due process in war.”

      Of course, I noticed that the Obama administration is now justifying its killing of Anwar al-Awlaki by pulling out the “due process in war” card, too. I find that really funny in a hypocritical sense. But, what do expect from a wishy-washy Lefturd like Obama?

      But, I digress. And, don’t even get me started about Obama’s “holier-than-thou” contradictions!

      Now, where was I? Oh, yes: To quote one of my military commanders; Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no due process in war!

      He was being snarky, of course, but the statement has an air of truth about it; in a wartime situation, due process by the courts goes out the window when an enemy is shooting at you, or posing a serious threat to national security.

      The fact of the matter is that we are in a declared war against terrorist organizations and their leaders. Al-Qaeda and their ilk declared war on us a long time ago and we finally got around to reciprocating the same in the wake of 9/11.

      On September 20th, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed congress and openly declared war against al-Qaeda and other international terrorist organizations:

      “…Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them. Our war on terror begins with Al Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated…”

      Anwar al-Awlaki was posing a clear and present danger to the United States in a time of war and had left the United States to join up with the enemy. He wasn’t merely another cleric in al-Qaeda, he was a planner and operational figure actively working to kill Americans. That makes him and his buddy, Samir Khan (who was a naturalized U.S. citizen), valid targets under military and international law.

      Furthermore, if a high ranking official in the Justice Department, like Eric Holder, has signed off on an execution order after reviewing the evidence, this is considered to be sufficient enough to satisfy “due process” requirements.

      In fact, word went out to Anwar al-Awlaki that he was put on the CIA’s hit list almost a year and a half ago, in April of 2010. Al-Awlaki had more than enough advanced warning and could have easily turned himself in to authorities at anytime, thereafter, if he did indeed wish due process under a court of law. Ergo, he, in effect, waived his rights.

      I don’t think anyone with an ounce of sanity would be questioning this if it were WWII and some U.S. citizen had left the country to join up with the Nazis and was a leading figure in the Nazis party; actively plotting and coordinating attacks on the United States.

      As for setting precedence for “offing” treasonous public officials… You make an interesting point; however, until such time as Constitutional safety nets, such as the ballot box and a court of law, become completely inconsequential and irrelevant, there is no real reason to resort to such actions. To do so would be murder.

      However, given the current state of the aforementioned safety nets, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (which I am) to see that we are on a precipice; any further degradation of these, and other, Constitutional safety nets will eventually result in a bloody retaking of the government by its citizens . I pray it does not get to that point before Americans wake up and vote these jokers out of office—while they still can, of course.

      Cheers

  6. Pete Says:

    Al-Awlaki apparently was a US citizen – who joined forces with al-Qaida. NO one except the far left and the ACLU will dispute this. Bin Laden if you can remember back that far (which the left with their selective amnesia can not) did declare war on the US. That means Al-Awlaki was A) a traitor to the US (no different than if he joined forces with adolph during WW2), B) in fighting against the US he voluntarily surrendered his US citizenship (much like the citizens of the confederacy did and were not considered citizens of the US during the civil war and had to have their citizenship restored when the war was over).

    “I guess ‘al’ is enjoying his 72 virgins… But I wonder…”

    Actually the problem is in translation. The first qur’ans were written in Syriac NOT ancient arabic or modern arabic, and many obscurities of the Koran disappear if we read certain words as being Syriac and not Arabic. In Syriac, the word hur is a feminine plural adjective meaning white, with the word “raisin” understood implicitly. Similarly, the immortal, pearl-like ephebes or youths of suras such as LXXVI.19 are really a misreading of a Syriac expression meaning chilled raisins (or drinks) that the just will have the pleasure of tasting in contrast to the boiling drinks promised the unfaithful and damned. If Christoph Luxenberg’s book, Die Syro-Aramaische Lesart des Koran, available only in German (and I do not read German) is correct there are one hell of a lot of muslim martyrs (suicide murders) really pissed off where ever they are with a hand full of white raisins and not dark eyed virgins.

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/quran/07601.htm

    http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/2006/06/virgins-or-raisins/

    Read the guardian article on the mistranslation, AND this is NOT the only mistranslation, the qur’an is full of them – this is the exact words of allah who can not make a mistake? Mohammed what a sick joke and the joke is on those who follow his words.


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