An American drone flying over Yemen fired a missile that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaida operative and U.S. citizen. Many hailed the elimination of a man implicated in several terrorist plots. Others wonder how any American citizen can be placed on a death list based on secret intelligence.
Friday's drone strike in Yemen eliminated two Americans who have played a key role in the development of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan were, above all else, the group's bridge to the West. The group is largely made up of Yemenis and Saudis who have hardly stepped foot out of the Middle East. That made Awlaki and Khan unique. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston.
Homeland premieres Sunday on Showtime. The 13-week drama is a psychological thriller that centers on a CIA officer, played by Claire Danes, who is convinced there is an al-Qaida conspiracy to use a former American POW in a plot against the United States. NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston has screened the first three episodes of the show and speaks to host Scott Simon about its depiction of terrorism today.
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.
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