U.S. acknowledges killing of four U.S. citizens in drone strike
The deaths of three of the Americans — Anwar al-Awlaki, his 16-year-old son Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan, all of whom were killed in drone strikes in Yemen in 2011 — had been previously reported. The death of the fourth, Jude Kennan Mohammad, a Florida native apparently killed in Pakistan, had not been.
The acknowledgment, in a letter from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, came one day before President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech on counterterrorism policy.
Obama “has made clear his commitment to providing Congress and the American people with as much information as possible about our sensitive counterterrorism operations,” Holder wrote. “To this end, the President has directed me to disclose certain information that until now has been properly classified.”
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