Last month, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration had authorized the targeted killing of the American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for his operational role in al-Qaida attacks against the United States and American interests. The author of that article, Scott Shane, covers national security for the Times and has written about Awlaki's role in inspiring a number of Americans to commit acts of terrorism.
Awlaki, born in New Mexico, is currently in hiding in Yemen. His audio recordings, which have encouraged jihad against U.S. targets, have turned up in investigations of more than a dozen incidents of terrorism, including the Fort Hood shootings, where 13 people were killed, allegedly by an Army psychologist, and Times Square, where suspect Faisal Shahzad allegedly attempted to detonate a car bomb on May 1, more from this source.....
Breaking News Alert, The New York Times, Mon, May 24, 2010 -- 8:59 PM ET...U.S. Is Said to Order Expanded Use of Covert Action in Middle East.
WASHINGTON -- The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.
The secret directive, signed in September 2009 by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate. Read More: http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na
WASHINGTON — Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials. The program was designed in the frantic weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks when President George W. Bush signed a secret order authorizing the C.I.A. to capture or kill operatives of Al Qaeda around the world. To be able to kill Osama bin Laden or his top deputies wherever they might be — even in cities or countries far from a war zone (Yemen) — struck top agency officials as an urgent goal, according to people involved in the discussions.
In his 2006 book “State of War,” James Risen wrote that the C.I.A. set up paramilitary teams shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks to hunt down top Qaeda operatives. Mr. Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, wrote that the operation was soon disbanded before the C.I.A. carried out any operations. But the spy agency continued to develop plans to focus on Qaeda operatives, and top C.I.A. officials were briefed periodically about the progress of these efforts, the officials familiar with the program said, more from this source......
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