Breaking: U.S. drone strike in Yemen today targeted Awlaki -- but missed

The timing of the strike shows the administration’s resolve to take out Mr. Awlaki and other members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as his group is known.

The attempt to kill Mr. al Awlaki was the first known U.S. military strike inside Yemen since May 2010, when U.S. missiles mistakenly killed one of Yemen President Abdullah Ali Saleh’s envoys and an unknown number of other people.