Regardless of how you may feel or may have been praying for Anwar al-Awlaki, he's now dead and has met Jesus. A missile from an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a remote part of Yemen took him out. It also took out Samir Khan. It reportedly just missed the bomb maker, Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri.
Airport Body Screening Connection
These men are the threat that started airport body screening. Asiri makes the bombs. Khan and Awlaki charm the recruits that place them.
The Bomb Maker: al-Asiri
Al-Asiri reportedly made the underwear bomb and the toner cartridge bombs. Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab tried to detonate the underwear bomb on a plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009. The toner cartridge bombs were supposed to explode on US bound cargo planes late last year. Al-Asiri also made an anal cavity bomb that was used in an assassination attempt on a Saudi Prince in February 2009.
The Pied Pipers: Khan and al-Awlaki
Awlaki and Khan were two of the most successful propagandists in the world when it came to advocating violent jihad against the United States.
Khan promoted bombing women and children in the on-line English-language magazine called Inspire that he edited and published.
Awlaki was a gifted and influential writer and preacher. He is linked to inspiring more terror plots against America in the last five years than Osama bin-Laden over his whole life-time.
US Citizenship Connection
Both Khan and Awlaki were American citizens.
Awlaki was a citizen by birth in America on April 22, 1971. His parents were here temporarily from Yemen. His father was a Fulbright scholar studying at New Mexico State University.
Khan was born in Saudi Arabia on Christmas Day in 1985 to parents from Pakistan. He was raised in Queens, New York. His family moved to Charlotte, NC in 2004 where his father works as an executive in information technology. Khan turned his back on his family and left to join al-Qaeda in Yemen in 2009.
Linksprayer page for Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri
prayer page for Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab
exploration of Anwar al-Awlaki's journey to radicalism
State Department press release on Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri
Long War Journal report of Ibrahim Hassan Tali al-Asiri's close call
LA Times Report on Samir Khan
AP Report on Secret Authorization Memo