US drone in Yemen missed al-Qaida's Awlaki

By REUTERS
May 7, 2011 04:36

 
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WASHINGTON - The US drone aircraft attack that killed two midlevel al-Qaida militants in Yemen on Thursday was targeting the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a US-born radical known for encouraging attacks on the United States, US media reported.

CBS News and The Wall Street Journal, citing Yemeni and US officials, said on Friday that Anwar Awlaki was not hit when a missile was fired at a car in southern Yemen on Thursday, killing two brothers believed to be al-Qaida militants.

"We were hoping it was him," a US official told CBS News.

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