The details will continue to come out as the days and weeks go on, but right now the news that American born al Qaeda propaganda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki met his demise from an air attack in Yemen is cause for celebration.
Al-Awlaki has been linked to several terrorist attacks including the attacks on U.S. Soldiers at Ft. Hood last year.
Some news and government sources say that killing al-Awlaki is likely even more important than the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year. English speaking Al-Awlaki had a much farther-reaching influence on radicalizing U.S., Canadian and British Muslims than bin Laden.
Media sources report that Al-Awlaki was in a convoy with other al Qaeda operatives at the time of the air strike.
This “take down” was likely a cooperative effort with several U.S. intelligence agencies, military special operatives and the Yemeni government. At this time, the Yemeni government has not taken credit for the attack.
President Obama is scheduled to have a news conference later today to address this attack, presumably from a U.S. unmanned drone.
Examiner’s Note: While speculation will rule the day on this event until some of the pertinent facts rise to the top, I would like to give a personal “thank you” to the U.S. troops who put their lives on the line on a daily basis to glean the type of Intel that makes a mission like this successful. Americans at home are “snug in their beds” while Special Forces Soldiers and Navy Seals do the hard work.
We don’t want to know what you do, but we appreciate and thank you for the end result.