(AP) -- In a significant new blow to al-Qaida, U.S. airstrikes in Yemen
on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American militant cleric who became
a prominent figure in the terror network's most dangerous branch, using
his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits for attacks in
the United States.
The strike was the biggest
U.S. success in hitting al-Qaida's leadership since the May killing of
Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. But it raises questions that other strikes
did not: Al-Awlaki was an American citizen who has not been charged with
any crime. Civil liberties groups have questioned the government's
authority to kill an American without trial.
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