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Anwar al-Awlaki Targeted for Death by US

Posted on April 7 2010 4:57 pm
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The US government has authorised the capture or killing of radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, currently based in Yemen, officials have confirmed.

The cleric, who is a US citizen, is being targeted for his involvement in planning attacks on the US.

Mr Awlaki was linked to the attempted bombing of an airliner bound for the US and a shooting on a US Army base.

US officials have warned that Yemen is becoming a safe haven for al-Qaeda militants.

The BBC’s Steve Kingstone, in Washington, says it is highly unusual for the CIA to be given approval by the president’s National Security Council to target a US citizen.

The order was made by the Obama administration earlier this year, but it has just been revealed after a review of national security policy.

BBC News – US approves killing US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

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