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Dutch officials target Internet broadcaster for 'jihadist propaganda'

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Dutch counter-terrorism officials confirmed this week they are seeking to take an Internet radio station accused of broadcasting jihadist propaganda off the air.

U.S. considering targeting of American overseas terrorism suspect

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is considering whether to target an American citizen suspected of plotting attacks against the United States, a senior official said.
Rights group targets U.S. drone missile program in Pakistan

Rights group targets U.S. drone missile program in Pakistan

LONDON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Amnesty International said Tuesday some of the U.S. drone strikes on suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan could amount to war crimes.

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Yemen highlights drone policy with U.S.

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The president of Yemen said the use of drones over his airspace was part of a bilateral strategic agreement with the United States.
Yemen says it foiled al-Qaida plot to attack energy facilities, port

Yemen says it foiled al-Qaida plot to attack energy facilities, port

SANAA, Yemen, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- An al-Qaida plot to attack and seize strategic locations in Yemen has been foiled, a spokesman for the country's prime minister said Wednesday.
Perhaps it's not her man Huma stands by

Perhaps it's not her man Huma stands by

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Huma Abedin -- wife of candidate for New York City mayor and disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y. -- is confounding political analysts.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Awlaki's killing and the Constitution

Awlaki's killing and the Constitution

WASHINGTON, July 28 (UPI) -- An American overseas is linked to acts of terror in the United States. He repeatedly calls for more American killings. On the run in a foreign desert, he is beyond the reach of the U.S. justice system. So the president, acting to protect the country, orders him killed. A CIA drone strike takes him out in Yemen. Simple, right?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, Senior UPI Legal Affairs Writer

Records show terror-linked imam al-Awlaki liked pizza, call girls

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- An American-born Muslim cleric linked to terrorism liked pizza and call girls, investigative documents released under the Freedom of Information Act indicate.
The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

The Issue: A decade after 9/11, time for change

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown appears to apply to U.S. President Barack Obama, a constitutional lawyer coming to grips with government policies that keep prisoners of war incarcerated without hope of release and executes U.S. nationals overseas without benefit of trial.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Obama: Time to modify anti-terror strategy, close Guantanamo

Obama: Time to modify anti-terror strategy, close Guantanamo

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday said there is no "justification beyond politics" for keeping the prison at Guantanamo Bay open.
Obama administration confirms 4 Americans killed by U.S. drones

Obama administration confirms 4 Americans killed by U.S. drones

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The Obama administration said Wednesday U.S. drones killed four Americans in airstrikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
Obama to address Guantanamo prison, drone program

Obama to address Guantanamo prison, drone program

WASHINGTON, May 20 (UPI) -- President Obama will address the U.S. secret drone program's legality and his pledge to shut the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, a White House official said.
CIA drone program may return to Pentagon

CIA drone program may return to Pentagon

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- The White House is working to move the CIA's lethal drone program to the Pentagon and return the CIA to spying on enemies for the military, U.S. officials said.
Sentiment on U.S. drone program guaged

Sentiment on U.S. drone program guaged

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- Most respondents to a February survey expressed concern about the legality of missiles fired on U.S. citizens from drones, the Pew Research Center said.
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Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled Aulaqi; Arabic: أنور العولقي‎ Anwar al-‘Awlaqī; born April 22, 1971) is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen, of Yemeni descent. He is an Islamic lecturer, spiritual leader, and former imam . According to U.S. officials, he is a senior talent recruiter and motivator, who has also become “operational” as a planner and trainer, "for al-Qaeda and all of its franchises". The U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence warned that al-Awlaki "is extraordinarily dangerous, committed to carrying out deadly attacks on Americans and others worldwide". With a blog, a Facebook page, and many YouTube videos, he has been described as the "bin Laden of the Internet".

Al-Awlaki's sermons were attended by three of the 9/11 hijackers. He reportedly met privately with two of them in San Diego. Investigators suspect al-Awlaki may have known about the 9/11 attacks in advance. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of "regional commander" within al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

His sermons were also attended by accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan. U.S. intelligence intercepted at least 18 emails between Hasan and al-Awlaki in the months prior to the Fort Hood shooting, including one in which Hasan wrote: "I can't wait to join you ." After the shooting, al-Awlaki praised Hasan's actions. In addition, according to U.S. officials, "Christmas Day bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab said al-Awlaki was one of his al-Qaeda trainers, who met with him and was involved in planning or preparing his attack, and provided religious justification for it. In March 2010, al‑Awlaki said in a videotape that jihad against America was binding upon every able Muslim.

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