Obama hails Awlaki killing as blow to al Qaida

By REUTERS
September 30, 2011 18:59

 
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FORT MYER, Va. - US President Barack Obama said on Friday the killing in Yemen of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric, was "another significant milestone" in efforts to defeat al Qaida and its allies.

"This is further proof that al Qaida and its affiliates will have no safe haven anywhere in the world," Obama said, adding that Awlaki's death was a result of the government of Yemen joining international efforts against the militants.

Awlaki, identified by US intelligence as "chief of external operations" for al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in a CIA drone attack in a remote Yemeni town, US officials said.

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