Madison Ruppert, Contrributing Writer
Early Friday morning, Yemeni forces announced that they killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the American Muslim cleric directly linked to al Qaeda who infamously dined at the Pentagon in the wake of the attacks on September 11th, 2001, even though he had known terrorist ties.
This attack was unconfirmed by American officials and this is not the first time he has been reported killed.
Reuters is reporting that a statement was sent via text message to reporters by the Yemeni Defense Ministry which said, “The terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed along with some of his companions”.
Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico but is now, according to CBS, thought to be one of the leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) which just further raises the question why the FBI never prosecuted him and why he was given the red carpet treatment at the Pentagon.
Al-Awlaki reportedly directly met with the “underwear bomber” Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 19-year-old Nigerian with a rich banker father who reported his son’s activities to multiple U.S. bodies long before his attempted attack.
All of the details surrounding Al-Awlaki are suspect but the case of the attempted bombing of a Christmas day flight to Detroit in 2009 was by far the most mysterious.
Al-Awlaki also had e-mail contact with Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, before he carried out his attack.
Al-Awlaki is especially noteworthy because he was studying for a Doctorate degree and a chaplain at George Washington University, a renowned American University which is known for its ties to the intelligence community.
GWU maintains the National Security Archives and has produced many political leaders so a radical Muslim cleric who suddenly rises to the top of the al Qaeda ranks after a lunch at the Pentagon is quite unusual, to say the least.
There has been a significant amount of evidence compiled linking al-Awlaki directly to various contrived terrorist attacks and the patsies who they were blamed on.
The television network al-Arabiya reported that local tribal sources said American drones fired two missiles at a convoy of vehicles which were supposedly carrying al-Awlaki and his guards.
The Yemeni foreign press office said that al-Awlaki “was targeted and killed 8 KM (about 5 miles) from the town of Khashef in the Province of Jawf, 140KM (about 80 miles) east of the Capital Sana’a”, according to CBS.
It is unclear whether it was U.S. drones that were responsible or Yemeni forces themselves as the tribal sources cited by al-Arabiya reported that they appeared to be U.S. drones while the statements from Yemen do not mention this.
Al-Awlaki has been on the U.S.’s kill list since Obama ordered his killing, so one would expect this to be an American action. However, if it was a mistake, the U.S. might just avoid taking any responsibility at all.
We will keep you updated as information is available.