Anwar Al Awlaki, head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and considered by some to be as dangerous as Osama Bin Laden was killed in Yemen during an airstrike. Born in New Mexico, Al Awlaki was a radical cleric who had some contact with several of the 9/11 hijackers and is said to have inspired the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan, the Detroit underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and the Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. Yemen′s Defense Minister confirmed from Sana′a, Yemen′s capital, that Al Awlaki was killed during an airstrike in Yemen′s northern al-Jawf province near the border with Saudi Arabia. No details, however, have been given as to the nature and origin of the airstrike, nor if any United States forces and assets were involved.

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Al Awlaki has been high on the U.S. wanted list for terrorists for several years now. Several earlier attempts to target him have failed. Reports that the previous attempt came just days after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan, when Anwar Al Awlaki managed to avoid a drone attack by mere minutes. Born, raised and educated in America, Al Awlaki became very prolific in his recruitment methods using the Internet.

Killed by an airstrike in northern Yemen, Anwar Al Awlaki may leave a large power gap in the organization known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The radical cleric was a high value target by United States counter-terrorism units. Being American born, Al Awlaki proved himself to be effective in recruiting lone-wolf types of terrorists. Nidal Hassan, the Fort Hood shooter, had been one of Al Awlaki′s successes. Al Awlaki is also connected to the underwear bomber and the Times Square bomber, too. The Defense Minister in Sana′a, Yemen confirmed today that Anwar Al Awlaki was killed in an airstrike, but there are so far no details.