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Government Officials Report: Obama Administration Approves Assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki

In al Qaeda, Drones and Assassination on April 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

According to unamed sources, the Obama administration has approved a “targeted killing,” A.K.A. assassination, of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American suspected of having close ties to al-Qaeda and helping them plot terrorist activities:

The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.

The possibility that Mr. Awlaki might be added to the target list was reported by The Los Angeles Times in January, and Reuters reported on Tuesday that he was approved for capture or killing.

“The danger Awlaki poses to this country is no longer confined to words,” said an American official, who like other current and former officials interviewed for this article spoke of the classified counterterrorism measures on the condition of anonymity. “He’s gotten involved in plots.”

The official added: “The United States works, exactly as the American people expect, to overcome threats to their security, and this individual — through his own actions — has become one. Awlaki knows what he’s done, and he knows he won’t be met with handshakes and flowers. None of this should surprise anyone.”

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