Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Notable targeted killings under the Obama Administration

Sept. 30, 2011: American-born Muslim cleric Anwar Awlaki, accused of inspiring and plotting terrorist attacks on Americans, is  killed in Yemen by a missile fired from a drone aircraft operated by the CIA.

Aug. 22, 2011: Atiyah Abdul Rahman, Al Qaeda's second-in-command, is killed in a drone attack in Pakistan.

June 3, 2011: Ilyas Kashmiri, described by U.S. officials as a key Al Qaeda planner and trainer, is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan.

May 5, 2011: Anwar Awlaki eludes a drone attack in Yemen, but the missiles kill two Al Qaeda militants, brothers Musaid and Abdullah Mubarak Daghar.

May 2, 2011: Osama Bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, is killed by Navy SEALs in a raid on his compound in Pakistan.

Sept. 25, 2010:  An airstrike in eastern Afghanistan kills Abdallah Umar Qurayshi, who had led Al Qaeda-affiliated Arab fighters operating in two eastern provinces, and Abu Atta Kuwaiti, an explosives expert.

May 2010: A U.S. drone attack kills Sheik Said Masri, Al Qaeda’s No. 3 leader, in Pakistan.

March 8, 2010:  Hussein Yemeni, an Al Qaeda bomb expert and trainer, is killed in Pakistan by a U.S. drone strike.

Aug. 27, 2009: Tahir Yuldashev, chief of the Al Qaeda-allied Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, is killed in a U.S. drone attack.

Aug. 5, 2009: A U.S. strike kills Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud.


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