2 US citizens dead in Yemen airstrike

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 10:45 AM
2 US citizens dead in Yemen airstrike

A U.S. official says a second American citizen is dead in the same airstrike that killed radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

U.S. and Yemeni officials say Samir Khan and al-Awlaki were killed early Friday in a strike on a convoy in Yemen. The strike was carried out by the CIA and U.S. Joint Special Operations Command. Khan edited the slick Western-style Internet publication "Inspire Magazine" that attracted many readers. The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

The online magazine published seven issues offering articles on making crude bombs and how to fire AK-47 assault rifles. U.S. intelligence officials have said that Khan _ who was from North Carolina _ was not directly responsible for targeting Americans.