Anwar Al-Awlaki snuffed from existence by CIA drone

by admin on September 30, 2011 · 15 comments

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Crushing blow to Al Qaeda…

US citizen and Al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen today. He was born in New Mexico and attended college in Colorado.  He also is directly responsible for inspiring the attack on Fort Hood that killed 13 US soldiers as well as the underwear bomber plot last year.

The AP reported:

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure in al-Qaida’s most active branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks in the United States, was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said.

The Yemeni government and Defense Ministry announced al-Awlaki’s death, but gave no details. A senior U.S. official said American intelligence supports the claim that he had been killed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

Yemeni security officials and local tribal leaders said the was killed in an airstrike on his convoy that they believed was carried out by the Americans. They said pilotless drones had been seen over the area in previous days.

Al-Awlaki would be the most prominent al-Qaida figure to be killed since Osama bin Laden’s death in a U.S. raid in Pakistan in May. In July, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Yemeni-American was a priority target alongside Ayman al-Zawahri, bin Laden’s successor as the terror network’s leader.

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  • Hellosnackbar

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.
    I wonder if they give drones affectionate names like in WW2?

  • Tsquared

    This is a slippery slope the US is treading on. Anwar was a traitor to the US and his allegiance was to a group at war with the US, but he was still a US citizen and deserved his day in court.

    That said, I am glad this scumbag is dead.

    • SirWilhelm

      The problem was, he would rather die than have his day in court, so we obliged him. Most of the time, when wars are decided, countries, and their armies, remian relatively intact, and neither side is able to force the other to have their day in court. Since the end of WWII, when the Axis countires were all occupied, and the surviving leaders were given their days in court, we think that’s the norm. The war against Islamic terrorism is unique. The terrorists have no homeland, espcially since Iraq and Afghanistan were defeated, and take refuge wherever they can, primarliy in the weak countires like Yemen and Somalia. Unless we want to mobilize enough strength to occupy those countries, and any others they turn to, drone strikes are the best alternative.

      We’re all glad the scumbag is dead, but the real problem is the ideology that breeds those scumbags. Islam. Until we can find a way to strip it’s religious disguise from it, I fear there is nothing we can do to stop it from breeding more.

      • CMartel

        SirWilhelm, I must respectfully disagree with you.  Sometimes there are things worse than death.
        There is a high security prison in Florence Colorado which would have been perfect for this little prick.  Total isolation in a 7X12 ft cell 23 hrs a day; food delivered thru a slot in the door.  No communication with the outside world; “friendly” guards who I am sure are always polite and helpful.  And best of all he’d be with his buddies the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber.  Just imagine living in that environment for the rest of your life.  The boys there now like it so much that they conduct hunger strikes out of concern for the prison’s food budget.  A former inmate called it “the ultimate brutality of isolation.”

        • SirWilhelm

          Sounds wonderful, if we could have got him in there, but, like I said, he would rather die than have his day in court, which means, he wasn’t going to be taken alive, if we could have gotten anywhere near him, to even have a chance of taking him into custody. Since we couldn’t take him prisoner, we had to kill him, or let him remain free, to contiue to work his mischief. We can always comfort ourselves with the thought that he’s probably in Hell. I doubt any mortal prison, can be worse than that.

  • Tonto

    I certainy am not going to cry a whole bunch of crocodie tears for a dead terrorist…..and I don’t give 2 sh*ts if he was born in the USA.  I know the left is probably pissed that he got whacked because he was a brother America hater to them…and there’s probaby a bunch of those assh*les that are all worked up over it….bottom line…….GOOD SHOOTING!!!!!

    • ljcarolyne

      Ditto. What a waste of good air to have a Islamic militant living in this world.  Any good Yemen is a dead Yemen!!!!!!!! 

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  • CMartel

    This scum bag declared war on the US and its citizens.  He asked for it and he got it.  Good job CIA and our military.  End of story.


    I won’t miss this scoundrel.

  • Tonto

    I agree with a lot of the sentiments written here.  I figure if I’d the chance to bust a cap in this guy’s ass, I’d do it with no hesitation at all.  After all, I figure it would be him or me.  This guy, irrelevant of where he was born, was waging war against the USA.  As he was identified conclusively as a perp in several incidents, it was a done deal.  I’d have shot the man on sight purely in self defence….and feel justified in doing so.  The US government (and the OBAMA administration for Pete’s sake!) poured over the laws of this country and came up with legal precedence and justification for it.  That’s plenty good enough.  Once the man took up arms against the US, he was guilty of treason and under a sentance of death anyway.

    • SirWilhelm

      I’d just like to point out one thing. “The US government (and the OBAMA administration for Pete’s sake!) poured over the laws of this country and came up with legal precedence and justification for it.” is correct. The problem is, they are keeping that memo, that justification, secret. That’s ominous, in my opinon, and sets a dangerous precedent. And, it’s the action of a totalitarian state. As I see it, it instutionalizes “the ends justify the means”. We all agree the ends were good, the death of Al Awlaki, but, the means may be misused, if the justification was shaky, or bad, and if it was good, why keep it secret?

      • Tonto

        Totalitarian statecraft doesn’t work here.  We’re seeing that right this moment (and it started soon after “The One” was elected and started to push Obamacare)…’s called the Tea Party.  Named after an event shortly before the American Revolution in which a band of Americans (disguised as Indians) attacked a shipload of Tea (which was heavily taxed by our then British “masters”) and tossed it overboard.  Remember, like Australians, Americans are the rebel faction which has left behind their masters from wherever they originated….and Americans get real nasty when pissed.  Coupled with that is the fact that we are the most heavily armed civilian population on the planet.  In all 50 states, an ARMY of hunters goes to the woods and fields of this land to kill wild critters with GUNS……at least 100,000 in EACH of the 50 states.  There are MILLIONS of combat vets and armed citizens here….with MULTIPLE firearms.  But watch Sir, this next election will make history and will be a world changer…..mark my words.  As for the Totalitarians…..bitches bring it on they’re sure to get it…..and it won’t be pretty.

        • Tsquared

          Don’t forget about the multitude of gun owners that do not hunt and spend countless hours on the range for the love of the sport.

          • Tonto

            Absolutely, and I’ve met some incredible shooters at the ranges I frequent.  I saw a 100 yard target with a hole in it the size of a quarter.  The guy claimed to have put 48 of his “rejected” bullets through that hole and said it was a big hole because the loads weren’t exactly correct……  He was saving his “good” loads for competition……Holy eye of a needle!