CIA

Yemen al Qaeda wing confirms U.S.-born cleric dead: report

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Posted: Oct 10, 2011 11:13 AM
Yemen al Qaeda wing confirms U.S.-born cleric dead: report

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based wing confirmed on Monday the death of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who U.S. officials said was killed 10 days ago in a CIA drone strike.

Awlaki, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) most high-profile member, was considered an influential international recruiter to al Qaeda and responsible for recruiting militants and planning attacks against the United States.

"We confirm to the jihadi Ummah (nation) that is uprising against oppression, the martyrdom of the mujahid heroic sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman Anwar bin Nasser al-Awlaki," AQAP said on a website, according to the SITE online monitoring service.

(Reporting by Jason Benham; Writing by Reed Stevenson)