US targets key al-Qaida figure in Yemen

AP News
Posted: May 09, 2011 5:13 PM
US targets key al-Qaida figure in Yemen

A U.S. official says a drone attack in Yemen last week was targeting radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is active in planning and promoting terror attacks by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The strike by an unmanned Predator drone struck a car in southern Yemen, killing two brothers believed to be al-Qaida militants. There has been no suggestion that the strike stemmed from intelligence gathered at the Pakistan compound where Osama bin Laden was killed last week by U.S. commandos.

Al-Awlaki is a key recruiter and inspirational leader in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, and has been linked to attacks on America, including the massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a secret U.S. operation.