Third U.S. Citizen Killed by Obama’s Yemen Drone Strikes was a 16-Year-Old Boy

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Abdulrahman al-Awlaki
The United States has now killed three of its citizens in Yemen in the past month as a result of unmanned aerial strikes carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Following the deaths in late September of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born cleric, and Samir Khan, an al-Qaeda propagandist from North Carolina, an American drone strike on October 14 killed Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old son of the cleric. At the time, the U.S. government led the media to believe that Abdulrahman was at least 21 years old.
The al-Awlaki family released to the media a copy of Abdulrahman’s birth certificate, which shows he was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1995, to disprove the Obama administration’s assertion that he was a twenty-something militant. Relatives claim the son was killed while “barbecuing under the moonlight” with other teenagers, including his 17-year-old cousin, who was a Yemeni citizen.
(The spelling of the family name on the birth certificate is Aulaqi, but most American news organizations use the spelling Awlaki.)
Back on November 5, 2002, a CIA drone strike in Yemen killed another American citizen, Buffalo-born Kamal Derwish, because he was traveling in the same vehicle as the intended target, Abu Ali al-Harithi, a Yemeni accused of being part of the October 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
Awlaki Family Releases Teen's Birth Certificate (by Peter Finn, Washington Post)
Awlaki Family Condemns Killing of Cleric’s Son (by Jason Ukman, Washington Post)

Obama Assassinates Two Americans…and Due Process is Transformed into No More than an Historical Concept (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov) 


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