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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15121879

    The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country's defence ministry reported.

    US administration officials confirmed the reports, according to US media.

    Awlaki, of Yemeni descent, has been on the run in Yemen since December 2007.

    The US had named him a "specially designated global terrorist" for his alleged role in a number of attacks and US President Barack Obama is said to have personally ordered his killing.

    The defence ministry statement said only that he died "along with some of his companions".

    It gave no further details of his death.

    But tribal sources told AFP news agency Awlaki was killed in an air strike in the eastern Marib province, said to be an al-Qaeda stronghold.

    It is not clear whether he was killed by Yemeni forces or a US drone strike.

    The death was also announced on Yemeni TV.

    BBC security correspondent Gordon Correra says the killing, if confirmed, is significant, because Awlaki is able to reach out to people susceptible to radicalisation through his use of the media.

    The reported death comes amid concerns in Washington about the impact of Yemen's political crisis on its ability to go after al-Qaeda militants.

    President Ali Abdullah Saleh is facing a widespread protest movement, along with an armed insurrection by renegade army units and tribal fighters.

    Mr Saleh, who was injured three months ago when his residence was shelled, returned last week after treatment in Saudi Arabia.

    He said in an interview published on Thursday that he will not stand down, as promised in a deal brokered by Gulf States, if his opponents are allowed to stand in elections to succeed him.

    Awlaki is described by US officials as a key leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

    He has been implicated in the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, the Christmas 2009 Detroit airline bomb attempt, and a failed bombing in New York's Times Square.

    When he was imam of a San Diego mosque in the 1990s, his sermons were attended by two future 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.

    He also lived in the UK from 2002-04, where he spent several months giving lectures to Muslim youth.

    In a video posted in November last year he called for the killing of Americans, saying they were from the "party of devils".

    Weeks later, he survived an air strike in Shabwa province in which at least 30 militants were killed.

    He has been reported dead in the past following US air strikes on southern Yemen in December 2009 and November 2010. He was the target of a US drone attack that killed two al Qaeda operatives in southern Yemen on 5 May.
    Another one bites the dust!

    But this begs the question - why are all these al-Qaeda prominent figures being killed in such a short space of time (i.e. this year). Why weren't they killed before?
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    Another passport that won't be renewed.
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    OMG he's dead.

    Great news but just quite surprising.
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    Im shocked....This will not end terrorism, you can't shoot down an ideology
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    Because it takes months to require sufficient intelligence that they're killing the right man. Kill one, save a thousand - and not the other way round.
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    (Original post by TheEssence)
    Im shocked....This will not end terrorism, you can't shoot down an ideology
    Certainly helps to eliminate said ideology's prominent mouthpieces though.
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    (Original post by Chav Princess)
    Certainly helps to eliminate said ideology's prominent mouthpieces though.
    Marx died is Marxism dead? even if pure marxism isn't as prevalent,his influence scared capitalism into making more humanizing changes...

    Osama died is this train of thought dead? All the founders of the main ideologies are dead, yet their ideologies live on...I repeat, you cannot shoot down ideas
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    (Original post by Chav Princess)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15121879



    Another one bites the dust!

    But this begs the question - why are all these al-Qaeda prominent figures being killed in such a short space of time (i.e. this year). Why weren't they killed before?
    there's only so many places they can hide and i assume the us is realizing who its true friends and enemies are, they also came close to assassinating him before i think
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    thats good news!
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    And we also got that guy who wrote Inspire, Al-qaeda's wacky English language magazine. I hope they enjoy their 72 raisins in hell.
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    (Original post by TheEssence)
    Im shocked....This will not end terrorism, you can't shoot down an ideology
    It will massively damage al Qaeda's ability to carry out terror attacks.
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    Good riddance.
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    He is with Osama in Shaitan's embrace
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    shame
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    It's a shame then that more and more young Muslims are turning to fundamentalism because of America's kill/capture campaigns in Afghanistan.


    Immoral behaviour breeds immoral behaviour.

    Great job America, but how much money did that cost you? I don't really think they will ever understand that the joke is on them :')
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    (Original post by Skaterkid)
    shame
    So why weren't you with your "sheikh" in Yemen when he got blown to bits if it's such a "shame"?
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    It will massively damage al Qaeda's ability to carry out terror attacks.
    your opinion,recently they've been quite inadequate, some would say its because they wre all getting shot down, others say its because of differences in the way the different people think the organisation shoould progress

    Tis is if al-qaeda even exists
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    It will massively damage al Qaeda's ability to carry out terror attacks.
    Anwar was pretty much just an American preacher. I don't think his death will actually decrease the ability to launch terror attacks.
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    (Original post by Pax Amerifauna)
    So why weren't you with your "sheikh" in Yemen when he got blown to bits if it's such a "shame"?
    I think he meant 'shame' in a mocking way. It's British slang to use it in that way.
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    (Original post by Pax Amerifauna)
    So why weren't you with your "sheikh" in Yemen when he got blown to bits if it's such a "shame"?
    what?
 
 
 
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