Breaking: Jihadi recruiter Awlaki killed in Yemen raids

posted at 7:18 am on December 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Just a few days ago, the pen pal of Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter that killed 14 and wounded dozens more, scoffed at the effectiveness of American intelligence and military power.  The US delivered its own message to Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled Aulaqi by some sources) in its raids on an al-Qaeda leadership meeting that left 30 dead, including the cleric that some believe played an operational role in 9/11:

The leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a Muslim preacher linked by U.S. intelligence to deaths at a U.S. army base are believed to have died in a Yemen air strike, a security official said on Thursday.

Yemen said 30 militants were killed in the strike in the eastern province of Shabwa.

Among those believed killed was Anwar al Awlaki, whom U.S. officials linked to the gunman who killed 13 people at the Fort Hood army base in Texas on November 5.

“Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid),” said the Yemeni official, who asked not to be identified.

The air attack targeted a meeting of militants planning an attack on Yemeni and foreign oil targets, the official said.

He added that the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Abu Basir Nasser al-Wahayshi, may also have been killed in the strikes but that there was no confirmation.

The boss notes that Awlaki was last heard telling Al-Jazeera that Hasan asked him whether he could massacre US soldiers, and the terrorist recruiter wondered what had happened to American intelligence:

Awlaki claims that Hasan initiated the e-mail correspondence with a message on Dec. 17, 2008. “He was asking about killing U.S. soldiers and officers,” says Awlaki. “His question was is it legitimate [under Islamic law].”

The Al Jazeera questioner asks for confirmation that Hasan forwarded this query nearly a year before the shooting.

“Yes,” responds Awlaki. “I am astonished. Where was American intelligence that claimed once that it can read any car plate number anywhere in the world?”

Right now, they’re busy looking for the various parts of his body, but really just the important ones.

This is the response that the US needed to give — and should have given Awlaki when he reappeared after 9/11.  Congratulations on a job well done and on answering Awlaki’s boasts with a massive and eminently final response.


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Merry Christmas, Anwar.

hillbillyjim on December 24, 2009 at 7:23 AM

Hey, nice job kids.

promachus on December 24, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Was this an American or a Yemeni raid?

exception on December 24, 2009 at 7:25 AM

Everybody together now:

1….
2….
3….

Awwwwwwwwww.

Cheers !

Kenny Solomon
Senior Expediter
The 72 Virgins Club Travel Agency
Offices throughout the 57 states of America.

E T Cartman on December 24, 2009 at 7:26 AM

Awlaki Bragged! He Got Fragged!

- The Cat

P.S. Ok, it’s not much of a protest chant but still had to say it.

MirCat on December 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Say ‘hi’ to the virgins, k?

joejm65 on December 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Must be a b*tch to learn all those virgins were really just a fairy tale

lahlon on December 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Okay, now can we kill that muslim dog Hassan?

Blarg the Destroyer on December 24, 2009 at 7:29 AM

Adios, you mo fo, and sweet dreams. They might not have your car number, but they sure had your number.

Lincoln Cadillac on December 24, 2009 at 7:29 AM

A far better Christmas present than the pile of crap the Senate is trying to regift to the American public.

Meanwhile in the administration, Eric Holder is fuming that the military would actually take out Awlaki instead of mirandizing him and enrolling him in the “hugs not thugs” interrogation program.

highhopes on December 24, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Believed killed….

That’s not good enough.

BottomLine5 on December 24, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Must be a b*tch to learn all those virgins were really just a fairy tale

lahlon on December 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

The whole religion is a fairy tale. Awlaki’s learning what eternal damnation feels like right about now.

highhopes on December 24, 2009 at 7:32 AM

SHHH don’t let Eric Holder know we’ve been successful!

shov74 on December 24, 2009 at 7:36 AM

I forgot to add something at my comment above……….

How long before our Constitutionally-usurping, armed-revolution-fomenting Marxist Dictator In Training Pants apologizes for taking the life of a fellow peace-loving, live-and-let-live world neighbor ?

Also, will the officers and enlisted personnel who actually executed the op be brought up on charges ?

KLS

E T Cartman on December 24, 2009 at 7:38 AM

While I applaud the results, I question the timing.

jamie gumm on December 24, 2009 at 7:38 AM

So when does the Obama Administration prosecute those that provided the information?

- The Cat

MirCat on December 24, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Must be a b*tch to learn all those virgins were really just a fairy tale

lahlon on December 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

What’s worse is learning that you’re one of the “virgins” and ol’ Mo is the lucky “martyr.”

Kafir on December 24, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Without reading him his right? I’m shocked. Shocked, I say.

Ronnie on December 24, 2009 at 7:43 AM

Was this an American or a Yemeni raid?

exception on December 24, 2009 at 7:25 AM

It looks like this was a Yemeni raid backed by American intelligence.

hillbillyjim on December 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM

How do they decide who gets to a NYC court and who gets wiped out bye targeted killing?

the_nile on December 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM

For some reason, this comes to mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uwOL4rB-go

mwdiver on December 24, 2009 at 7:46 AM

hillbillyjim on December 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM

After reading the entire article, it seems that Yemen was aided by Saudi and American intelligence.

hillbillyjim on December 24, 2009 at 7:49 AM

I guess it’s too late to read him his Miranda warning.

ncborn on December 24, 2009 at 7:49 AM

SHHH don’t let Eric Holder know we’ve been successful!

shov74 on December 24, 2009 at 7:36 AM

It’s ok to tell him – he nor his boss won’t grok the info.

Ooh, I know – tell them it was an ACORN op, and the ‘community’ was ‘organized’.

Wind Rider on December 24, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Dust to dust …

OldEnglish on December 24, 2009 at 7:57 AM

Wonder how Code Pink is going to take this….

lovingmyUSA on December 24, 2009 at 7:57 AM

It looks like this was a Yemeni raid backed by American intelligence.

hillbillyjim on December 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM

Look for the Yemeni participants to be renditioned and taken straight to Illinois, pending a nice NYC vacation trial, and the whole thing to be described as an unprecedented solid B+ affair.

With a golf clap.

Wind Rider on December 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM

good riddance. too bad we have to continue to spend a million bucks a mission to whack these rats. We need smart AND cheap missiles because there’s lots of these targets around.

was he read his rights first?

ted c on December 24, 2009 at 8:02 AM

Alhamdilillah!!!

blatantblue on December 24, 2009 at 8:03 AM

its raids on an al-Qaeda leadership meeting that left 30 dead,

Note to terrorists, please have another big meeting, thanks.

Tony737 on December 24, 2009 at 8:04 AM

I guess that the usual grab bag of leftist wailing — “extrajudicial killing,” “violation of international law / human rights,” “disproportionate use of force” [whatever any of that means] — does not apply since it did not involve the only ME country against whom those tropes are routinely trotted out. And I hope he didn’t get a fat lip.

Blackacre on December 24, 2009 at 8:05 AM

“Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid),” said the Yemeni official, who asked not to be identified.

Because anonymous Yemeni officials are soooo reliable.
I’ll believe it when a US confirms it through DNA, finger prints or his (recognizable) head on a platter.

Alalazoo on December 24, 2009 at 8:06 AM

a US official, that is

Alalazoo on December 24, 2009 at 8:06 AM

Well,Awlaki Jihady got one hot lump of coal,
and a great early Christmas gift from the
US Military!!

And,I wonder what Liberal is going to moan
about snuffing Jihadys out,just before Chri
stmas!!!

canopfor on December 24, 2009 at 8:07 AM

E T Cartman on December 24, 2009 at 7:38 AM

My first thought was; Mistrial due to prosecution destroying evidence.

the_nile on December 24, 2009 at 7:45 AM

I think the ones that might embarrass the administration get the drone visits.

TugboatPhil on December 24, 2009 at 8:08 AM

“Yes,” responds Awlaki. “I am astonished. Where was American intelligence that claimed once that it can read any car plate number anywhere in the world?”

Guess he found out.

Realist on December 24, 2009 at 8:09 AM

If Obama authorized this then credit where it is due! In regard to dead terrorist…AMF!

jwp1964 on December 24, 2009 at 8:27 AM

….HISTORICAL!!! Folks this event serves to put others on notice that….if you are a US CITIZEN and are engaged terrorism against the US you will be “TERMINATED”…even if you are in Yemen’s Dark Territory.

PhreeMan on December 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Awlaki got run over by a reindeer missile
Walking from his home to a meeting
You can say there’s no such thing as justice
But as for me and mine, well, we believe.

SouthernGent on December 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Whenever you hear of dead al Qaeda, always paraphrase in your mind the movie line from ‘The Outlaw Josie Wales’, “I don’t want to hear _________ (fill in the appropriate name) dead. I want to see _________ dead.”

Sergeant Tim on December 24, 2009 at 8:31 AM

When it comes to Christmas [and Hellfire missiles] ’tis better to give than receive…

coldwarrior on December 24, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Merry Christmas you filthy animal (bang,bang,bang,bang,bang)… and a Happy New Year, too!!! (bang!)

HomeoftheBrave on December 24, 2009 at 8:38 AM

I guess it’s too late to read him his Miranda warning.

ncborn on December 24, 2009 at 7:49 AM

The Miranda warning should be etched on the nose cone of any ordnance used in the region. That way the DOD can show that the terrorists were provided their Miranda rights.

BTW, what does it say for how wretched this nation is under this regime that one of the biggest threats to our well being is Eric Holder and the DOJ?

highhopes on December 24, 2009 at 8:45 AM

It’s a Christmas miracle!!

Illinidiva on December 24, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Well, bye.

clement on December 24, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Ta ta!

ladyingray on December 24, 2009 at 8:52 AM

SouthernGent……. +10

;-)

Cheers !

E T Cartman on December 24, 2009 at 8:56 AM

Lemme guess, this was the only witness that could prove that Hasan was actually a Muslim Islamofascist Terrorist….so now we can simply try Hasan as just another lone gunman…yeahhhh right.

ted c on December 24, 2009 at 9:06 AM

So, is this a pyrotechnic admission that Hasan actually is a terrorist?

ted c on December 24, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Jolly Good Shooting!!!!

With a little luck hasan will not be far behind.

RealMc on December 24, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Well, I guess once the apologizer in chief decides on appeasement and assistance due to inaction for the terrorists, the other countries can and will get the job done.
Obviously this is great but it is real interesting. American and Saudi Intelligence? Yemen strike. I guess when oil is the target, all countries want the virgin seekers dead.

ORconservative on December 24, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Since Awlaki was American by birth, I guess Obama is a war criminal according to the ACLU, DailKos and the DummyUnderground.

Funny, how life works. KSM is going to get a civilian trail in NYC and an American born terrorist gets blown up by an air strike. Man the Obama administration are a bunch of hypocrites.

Other than that, I’m glad to see once less scoundrel on the Earth.

Lance Murdock on December 24, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Miranda.

justltl on December 24, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Word from Jake Tapper is that the strike also got the number 2 guy, Saeed al-Shehri. Al-Sheheri an early “graduate” of the Saudi “Prince Mohammed bin Nayef Centre for Care and Counseling” (transfered there from Club Gitmo in late 2007).

steveegg on December 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM

wow, some san fran libs must be living in yemen. They just hate recruiters….

jbh45 on December 24, 2009 at 9:39 AM

jamie gumm on December 24, 2009 at 7:38 AM

I second that.

notropis on December 24, 2009 at 9:47 AM

Champagne anyone?

royzer on December 24, 2009 at 9:54 AM

The timing of this, the investigation of Major Nidal Hasan and contact with Awlaki. One could come up with lots of conspiracy theories on this air strike…

albill on December 24, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Awlaki, you have the right to remain dead for eternity while Satan and Arafat keep doing sex with your soul.

Geochelone on December 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Merry Christmas!

skatz51 on December 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Yea, good for Mr. President for making the call. Why don’t we release all the GITMO terrorists to Yemen and give them the right to run and hide while the drone counts to 10.

scalleywag on December 24, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Old, but always comes to mind.

justltl on December 24, 2009 at 10:13 AM

I hope this New Mexico born and bred traitor suffered greatly when the time came. Enjoy hell, Awlaqi! At least you have lots of company.

NavyMustang on December 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM

We should rename the “Hellfire” missile to the “Miranda” missile.

Realist on December 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Hey look!
30 GOOD terrorists…

JusDreamin on December 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Raises a toast to intelligence cooperation and the awesome capabilities of our military. You are the best!

journeyintothewhirlwind on December 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I hate to be a negative nancy, but since 3 seals are being court martialed because of the sniping of the Pirates, and the CIA is going to be put on trial because of waterboarding, I ask myself:

Who is going down because of this?

uknowmorethanme on December 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM

“Yes,” responds Awlaki. “I am astonished. Where was American intelligence that claimed once that it can read any car plate number anywhere in the world?”

Nelson Muntz: HA HA

Disturb the Universe on December 24, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Obama didn’t intend this to happen. Some military man will be courtmartialed for killing 30 jihadis who weren’t shooting at our men.

SilentWatcher on December 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM

ENCORE! ENCORE!

GarandFan on December 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Don’t they know how slowly our government works? Just delivering mail/packages takes almost twice as long for the Post Office as does a private-sector delivery company.

Is there a marine reading miranda rights to the body parts, too? I wonder if Obama is pulling the trigger, or is he just informed afterwards that they didn’t survive our knocking on the door (with a missile) wanting to “arrest” them?

Neo on December 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Yep, I saw that one coming. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

shooten on December 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

I sure hope this is true, but I’m holding back on my celebrating until I know without a doubt that these scumbags are dead. That said, I’ll give Obama praise for targeting them if he was involved because it was the right thing to do imo.

OxyCon on December 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Disturb the Universe on December 24, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I guess that darn U.S. intelligence found his license plate. :)

Now, are we sure this isn’t a violation of Nidal Hasan’s civil rights? He’s probably all torn up about his “spiritual” adviser being sent to hell so suddenly.

PattyJ on December 24, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

-Tiny Pieces Awlaki

Zorg on December 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Assuming this report is accurate, is it a coincidence that Obama and Holder just released a half a dozen Yemeni terrorists from Gitmo back to Yemen?

Deal? Yememi terrorists alive for American terrorist (plus a few bonus terrorists) dead?

novaculus on December 24, 2009 at 11:57 AM

From Drudge:

DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — ABC11 Eyewitness News has learned that Bernie Madoff was treated for serious injuries consistent with an assault.

Sources told ABC11 the disgraced financier was treated at Duke hospital in Durham last Friday and discharged earlier this week.

He is serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Butner.

According to sources, he had facial fractures, broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Apparently it is Pay Back is a B*tch Day

Disturb the Universe on December 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

All I can say is it’s a damn good thing they didn’t waterbaord the dumb bastard. That would have been a violation. Maybe Hasan should join him in his martyrdom.

LarryG on December 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM

American Power tracked-back with, ‘Anwar al-Awlaki Reported Killed in Yemen Airstrike’.

Donald Douglas on December 24, 2009 at 12:27 PM

X-mas in Hell for one more useless shred of protoplasm.

As Little Zu-Zu put it:

Every time Predator drones, a jihadi gets his dirtnap.”

(I wonder if Major Traitor Hasan’s lawyers will protest to Obama that one of their client’s character witnesses was just killed by Barry?)

profitsbeard on December 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Must be a b*tch to learn all those virgins were really just a fairy tale

lahlon on December 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Are devils non-virgin? ‘Tis the question of the hour. And, if not, with whom do they have sex?

unclesmrgol on December 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Buh Bye maggot! :)

Viper1 on December 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

expect – “Attorneys for alleged Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan will move that the emotional distress caused their client by the violent death of mentor al-Awlaki so compromises their client’s ability to participate in his own defense that he should be declared unfit to stand trial.”

eeyore on December 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Ollie ollie oxen free, Anwar!

We see saw you!

juanito on December 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Are devils non-virgin? ‘Tis the question of the hour. And, if not, with whom do they have sex?

unclesmrgol on December 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Well!NO looky if at worky

macncheez on December 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Merry Christmas you filthy animal (bang,bang,bang,bang,bang)… and a Happy New Year, too!!! (bang!)
HomeoftheBrave on December 24, 2009 at 8:38 AM

Revolver – eh? – Want to borrow my AK?

Oopsdaisy on December 24, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Our radical muslim buddies would prefer that when referring to the “Religion of Blood and Death”, that the Blood and Death come from and happen to infidels, not the members of that odious “religion”.

No islam…Know Peace.
Know islam…throw up.

Army Brat on December 24, 2009 at 2:32 PM

By the way…they much prefer young boys to virgins.
islam is a lie and
Truth is killing it.

Army Brat on December 24, 2009 at 2:33 PM

How come he doesn’t get a trial in Texas?

danking70 on December 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM

I wonder if the drew straws to see who got to tell Hasan?

If they havent, I’d like to volunteer. In person, in english. With a smile.

JusDreamin on December 24, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Anwar Awlaki is not dead. The individual who conducted the interview with him for al Jazeera (and the interview with the newly listed most wanted terrorist, USS Cole bomber, Fahd al Quso) said just now on al Jazeera that Awlaki is alive.

JaneNovak on December 24, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Hasan la vista, baby!

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on December 25, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Best possible ending for a worthless turd; Merry Christmas…I’ll drink a nog to that.

jgdp on December 25, 2009 at 2:59 AM

And TOTUS apologizes in 5,4,3,2……

adamsmith on December 25, 2009 at 9:01 AM

One issue that surrounds the al-Jazeera interview is how does this statement from al-Awlaki impact the charges against Hasan insofar as premeditation is concerned. It is dicey because on the surface, it appears to be a hearsay statement. I am a little rusty on my conspiracy law, but the drug conspiracy law that we used in DEA (21 USC 846)had a provision called the “exception to the hearsay rule”. That meant that a statement made during the course of a conspiracy by one co-conspirator that implicated another co-conspirator could be used in court against the latter. As an example, if an undercover agent was negotiating a drug purchase with suspect A, and during the course of the negotiations, suspect A indicated that his source of supply was suspect B, that statement could be testified to by the undercover agent in court against suspect B. I stress that the conspiracy must still be in progress. Once suspect A is arrested, any statement he makes to law enforcement against suspect B can only be used if suspect A testifies to it. Of course, no defendant could be convicted solely on this piece of evidence.

The next question would be whether al-Awlaki was actually a co-conspirator in Hasan’s killing spree in any legal sense. A lot would depend on which intercepts the government has and what al-Awlaki said to Hasan. Interesting legal questions that may keep some lawyers busy in the coming months.

gary fouse on December 25, 2009 at 1:45 PM

I keep waiting for the inevitable update that the Big Names thought to be at room temperature were actually seen happily sunning themselves at 98.6 degrees.

Here’s hoping that they are actually with the creator, defending their lives as we speak.

Jaibones on December 25, 2009 at 4:03 PM

i just have one question… how do these guys get id’ed? i mean all of them look like baboons with long beards.. actually thats an insult to baboons.

i hope its true and this bastard got his christmas gift even though he didnt ask for it.

nagee76 on December 25, 2009 at 8:17 PM

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