Awlaki’s trials are over:
A U.S. official confirmed that Mr. Awlaki was killed Friday, although U.S. officials wouldn’t specify exactly how the American-born cleric was killed.
“It’s been confirmed that [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's] chief of external operations, Anwar al-Awlaki, was killed today in Yemen,” said the U.S. official.
The official added that counterterrorism cooperations with the Yemeni government have been strong despite the turmoil there.
“His death takes a committed terrorist, intent on attacking the United States, off the battlefield,” the official said. “Awlaki and AQAP are also responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Yemen and throughout the region, which have killed scores of Muslims.”
Yemeni government officials say that at least four people were killed in the counterterrorism operation, including two Americans. In addition to Mr. Awlaki, Samir Khan was also killed, they said. Mr. Khan ran an anti-American web site from his home in Charlotte, N.C., before leaving the U.S. for Yemen several months ago. Intelligence officials believe Mr. Khan was one of the editors and illustrators for AQAP’s online website called Inspire.
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