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Ron Paul: Assassination of Awlaki sets dangerous precedent

Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said on Friday that the death of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki — who was born in the U.S. — was a “net positive” but it also set a dangerous precedent for future assassinations. “This is very, very dangerous, you know,” he…

Obama: Death of Awlaki is ‘major blow’ to Al Qaeda

President Barack Obama announced the death of Anwar al-Awlaki ahead of his remarks at a ceremony marking the departure of Adm. Michael G. Mullen as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Earlier this morning, Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen,”…

US fails to kill al-Awlaki with drone strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The drone aircraft attack that killed two midlevel al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Thursday was targeting the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a U.S.-born radical known for encouraging attacks on the United States, U.S. media reported. CBS News and The Wall Street Journal,…

US asks Yemen for ‘forceful action’ against Al-Qaeda

HONOLULU — The United States called on Yemen to step up its fight against Al-Qaeda and terrorism one year after a botched attempt to blow up a US passenger plane by a Nigerian with Yemeni links. Counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan called Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh “to emphasize the importance…

Cartoonist who inspired ‘Draw Mohammed Day’ in hiding

WASHINGTON — A Seattle cartoonist whose satirical work inspired the controversial “Everybody Draw Mohammed Page” on Facebook has gone into hiding, the newspaper which published her comics said Wednesday. Molly Norris has moved and changed her name following a call for her assassination by US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, The…

Report: Bush order allowing murder of US citizens abroad still in effect

If a United States citizen was determined to have joined a foreign terrorist group, that person could be legally murdered under orders given by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks. In spite of an administration change in Washington, D.C., that allowance is still in effect, according to a…

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