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Yemen: CIA drones killed al Qaeda leader, American-born Anwar al-Awlaki.

The search for Mr. Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical islamic jihadist cleric and member of al Qaeda , finally ended on Friday. After weeks of surveillance of the al Qaeda leader in Yemen, armed drones operated by the Central Intelligence Agency CIA took off from a American base in the Arabian Peninsula, crossed into northern Yemen and unleashed a barrage of Hellfire missiles at a car carrying him and other top operatives from Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, including another American militant who had run the group’s English-language Internet magazine.

Also a Saudi militant called Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri  was killed during the attack. Al-Asiri was believed the architect in the construction of  the bombs for the al-Qaida branch’s most notorious attempted attacks — including the underwear-borne explosives intended to a down a U.S. aircraft, and a bomb carried by his own brother intended to assassinate a Saudi prince.

The death of  al Asiri would make the Friday drone strikes on a convoy in the central deserts of Yemen one of the most effective single blows in the U.S. campaign to take out al-Qaida’s top figures.

The strike was the culmination of a desperate manhunt marked not only by near misses and dead ends, but also by…READ MORE HERE

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