U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader who played a key role in plotting attacks against the United States, has been killed by CIA drones in Yemen. Joseph Wippl, director of BU’s Center for International Relations and a 30-year CIA operations manager, offers the following comment:
“The CIA had targeted to kill Anwar al-Awlaki for years. He was an essential, albeit not necessarily irreplaceable, propagandist for the jihad, anti-Western cause of al-Qaeda.
“With Osama bin Laden gone, major figures Al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s second in command and now al-Qaeda leader, and Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader, remain to share the fate of Anwar al-Awlaki.
“The issue of Saleh and his unwillingness to give up power in Yemen remains an embarrassment to the U.S. government. The success of the al-Awlaki operation cannot deter the U.S. from encouraging Saleh to do what he continues to promise to do but does not — leave.”
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