Anwar al-Awlaki who is listed in the US anti-terrorist list was killed on Friday in this attack. Awlaki was a prominent leader of Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda. He was a born American and high tech Islamic teacher who could speak sparkling English and convince even Western youth with his charismatic communication.
Awlaki was a suspect in the 2009 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting spree also in the botched bombing of a Detroit-bound jet at the eve of Christmas.
Awlaki’s death was confirmed by other news sources too who raised question over legal and moviabilit behind killing a terrorist or any American. This can be titled as another major blow on terrorist outfit Al-Qaeda after killing of Osama bin Laden recently.
The United States openly called on the besieged Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down following the 8-months’ protest by the advocates of democracy. Ironically, the antiterrorism operations are led by close relatives of Saleh and they are assisting the United States in this regard.