A joint CIA and U.S. military operation targeted and killed the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in an air strike this week. Awlaki had been linked to terrorist attacks against the United States and was a key target for several years. NPR's Rachel Martin shares the latest with host Scott Simon.
Anwar al-Awlaki may have been one of the most wanted men in the world, but he hadn't been convicted of a crime in American or international courts. Civil liberties groups are arguing the Obama administration may have gone too far by killing Awlaki far away from the battlefield.
U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was accused of having ties to a number of plots against the U.S., was killed Friday in Yemen. Also thought to be killed in the drone strike was another American, Samir Khan, the editor of al-Qaida's English-language online magazine, Inspire..
Adm. Mike Mullen steps down Friday as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During his term as the nation's top military officer, Mullen was influential on two issues in particular: America's relations with Pakistan and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
The U.S. sold bunker buster bombs to Israel in 2009, a recent report details. No U.S. officials have talked openly about why the bunker busters were provided to Israel but speculation falls most heavily on the Iranian nuclear program.
A counterterrorism training session at the FBI training center in Quantico, Va., taught agents that Islam was a violent religion and erroneously linked religiosity to terrorism. Officials close to the process say part of the problem is that the counterterrorism training division has a lot of autonomy.
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