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NC man among those killed by U.S. drones

Posted May 22, 2013

— The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that four American citizens –one of them a suspect in a North Carolina-based terrorist cell – have been killed in drone strikes since 2009 in Pakistan and Yemen. The disclosure to Congress comes on the eve of a major national security speech by President Barack Obama.

In conducting U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and its associated forces, the government has targeted and killed one American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, and is aware of the killing by U.S. drones of three others, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.

Al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric, was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen. Holder said three other Americans were killed by drones in counterterrorism operations since 2009 but were not targeted. The three are Samir Khan, who was killed in the same drone strike as al-Awlaki; al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, a native of Denver, who also was killed in Yemen two weeks later; and Jude Kenan Mohammed, who was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

Mohammed was born in the United States and dropped out of Fuquay-Varina High School in 2006. He left the U.S. two years later.

He was among eight men with Triangle ties indicted on charges they raised money, stockpiled weapons and trained in preparation for jihadist attacks against American military and foreign targets. Seven of them were arrested in Johnston County in July 2009. Mohammed, who was believed to be in Pakistan at the time, was never found. 

All seven of Mohammed's co-conspirators are serving prison time. Four were convicted and three, including alleged ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd, pleaded guilty. 

Mohammed was linked to what U.S. counter-terrorism officials called a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaida threat to set off a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington around the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

In his letter Wednesday, Holder wrote, "Since entering office, the president has made clear his commitment to providing Congress and the American people with as much information as possible about our sensitive counterterrorism operations. To this end, the president has directed me to disclose certain information that until now has been properly classified."

"The administration is determined to continue these extensive outreach efforts to communicate with the American people," Holder wrote.

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  • Crumps Br0ther May 24, 8:02 a.m.

    Actually Hans, everything and anything that Crumps can pin on Obama including the weather he will. Me, regardless of my political voting preference I despise terrorists as they are the true cowards of any war
    SouthernPackerFan

    The weather? Really? You mean like when leftwing kooks thought Bush used his Doomsday Weather Machine to create hurricane Katrina and was able to control it to hit New Orleans? Bet ya forgot about that one.

  • SouthernPackerFan May 23, 1:58 p.m.

    Do you two even know what you're arguing about? You're actually agreeing with each other, but just have to pretend you're not because one of you is a supposed "lib" and one of you is a supposed "conservative".

    Hans

    Actually Hans, everything and anything that Crumps can pin on Obama including the weather he will. Me, regardless of my political voting preference I despise terrorists as they are the true cowards of any war

  • downtowner May 23, 12:09 p.m.

    Dr. Disturbeded is endorsing a full on police state.

  • Hans May 23, 11:54 a.m.

    " As far as your assertion that we murdered a citizen without due process, is not something I don't understand, it's something that I disagree with." - Oldfirehorse - Dr. Disturbeded
    May 23, 2013 11:22 a.m

    How can you disagree with it? Was he a citizen? Was he killed? Was he charged with a crime and given a trial? Now, if you're OK with that, fine, but there is no way you can disagree with the fact he was killed without due process is not something a rational person can disagree with. They hated us for our freedoms, I heard. We will never let them take those freedoms away, I heard. We will never let them destroy America, I heard. What is America? The right to due process is one of the very foundations this nation is built upon! It is a very slippery slope that some of you are endorsing.

  • junkmail5 May 23, 11:30 a.m.

    How is promoting violent jihad not an imminent threat?- Oldfirehorse - Dr. Disturbeded

    Is that even a serious question?

    Is it ok to execute people without a trial for what they say now if what they SAY is violent?

    Holy cow!

  • Oldfirehorse - Dr. Disturbeded May 23, 11:22 a.m.

    "which part are you not understanding?"

    How is promoting violent jihad not an imminent threat? Promoting, planning, recruiting, are all components of their war, without which, there would be no serious threat. So, to answer your question, I understand the facts. As far as your assertion that we murdered a citizen without due process, is not something I don't understand, it's something that I disagree with.

  • junkmail5 May 23, 11:20 a.m.

    You libs are soft on crime and terrorism, everyone knows it. - Crumps Brother

    What a HORRIBLE world we live in when asking us to FOLLOW OUR OWN LAWS is "being soft on terrorism"

    It's especially funny to see if coming from the same right-wing folks who on every OTHER topic are up in arms about "protecting the constitution" and yelling about how "Obama wants to take our rights away"

    But if it's the rights of someone they dislike, apparently they're fine with it.

  • Hans May 23, 11:12 a.m.

    "Which would seem like to much trouble, so they would choose a Sheep such as yourself, pull out your head that's in the sand and "Off with your head" SouthernPackerFan

    they can bring it all they want they'll be hauling off their buddies off in body bags. You libs are soft on crime and terrorism, everyone knows it. You believe hugs and understanding will cure all the worlds ills. " - Crumps Br0ther
    May 23, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    Do you two even know what you're arguing about? You're actually agreeing with each other, but just have to pretend you're not because one of you is a supposed "lib" and one of you is a supposed "conservative".

  • SouthernPackerFan May 23, 11:12 a.m.

    they can bring it all they want they'll be hauling off their buddies off in body bags. You libs are soft on crime and terrorism, everyone knows it....crumps
    what are you talking about?????? you've just crossed in to looneytune time, I have no problem dealing with this guy or any other terrorist in this manner

  • Crumps Br0ther May 23, 10:54 a.m.

    HE HAS DONE MORE DAMAGE TO THIS COUNTRY THAN ANY OTHER PRES. IN HISTORY........
    delilahk2000

    remember when the progs said having Barry as president would make the world love us again? Thats all they cared about. Libs are so worried what pther people think of them.

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