June 24, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday released a previously secret government memo outlining the Obama administration's legal basis for the 2011 drone strike against US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. According to the memo, al-Awlaki played an important role in al Qaeda in the ...[read more]
August 12, 2013
by Sean Gallagher
On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These ...[read more]
December 17, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by drone strike last September along with another American, ...[read more]
October 9, 2011
by Sarah Posner
An Obama administration legal memorandum from last year found that the killing of US citizen and senior al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki would only be legal if it were not feasible to take al-Awlaki alive. The memo last year followed months of legal debate regarding the decision to kill a US ...[read more]
September 30, 2011
by Sarah Posner
A CIA drone strike in Yemen on Friday killed senior al Qaeda leader, US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The strike marks the US government's most successful attack against al Qaeda since the raid leading to the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last May. The US-born radical Muslim cleric reportedly ...[read more]
December 7, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Judge John Bates found that the court lacked ...[read more]
November 9, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia heard arguments Monday on the Obama administration's ability to conduct "targeted killings" in the case of radical Muslim cleric and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. Counsel for the plaintiffs, including Awlaki's father, the ...[read more]
November 2, 2010
by Jay Carmella
Yemeni prosecutors on Tuesday charged US citizen and radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, with incitement to kill foreigners. Awlaki, a suspected member of al Qaeda who is believed to be hiding in Yemen, was charged in absentia. US officials have labeled Awlaki as a terrorist and have placed ...[read more]
September 25, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth
The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the District Court for the District of Columbia, asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit questioning the legality of targeted killings of terrorism suspects. The lawsuit, filed by the father of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, seeks an injunction to... ...[read more]
August 31, 2010
by Zach Zagger
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the US government's authority to conduct "targeted killings" against suspected terrorists. The ACLU and CCR allege that US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, suspected of being a ...[read more]

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