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Background On The First US Citizen To Be Officially Assassinated By The CIA

Timeline of his life, too long to quote here:

He was a main fixture in Jihad attacks on the West:

U.S. officials say that Al-Aulaqi spoke with and preached to a number of al-Qaeda members and affiliates, including three of the 9/11 hijackers,[20] accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan,[21][22] and “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab;[23][24][25] he was also allegedly involved in planning the latter’s attack. The Yemeni government began trying him in absentia in November 2010, for plotting to kill foreigners and being a member of al-Qaeda. A Yemenite judge ordered that he be captured “dead or alive”.[26][27]

According to U.S. officials, al-Aulaqi was promoted to the rank of “regional commander” within al-Qaeda in 2009.[28][29] He repeatedly called for jihad against the United States.[30][31] In April 2010, American President Obama authorized al-Aulaqi’s targeted killing.[32][33][34] The targeted killing of an American citizen was an unprecedented Presidential order which al-Aulaqi’s father and civil rights groups challenged in court.[35][32][34][36] Officials stated that the “imminent threat” international legal standard is used to add names to the C.I.A.’s list of targets.[33]

Sharif Mobley

Alleged al-Qaeda member Sharif Mobley, who is charged with having killed a guard during a March 2010 escape attempt in Yemen, left his home in U.S state of New Jersey to seek out al-Aulaqi, hoping that al-Aulaqi would become his al-Qaeda mentor, according to senior U.S. security officials as reported by CNN.[182] He was in contact with al-Aulaqi, according to officials from the U.S. and Yemen, The New York Times reported.[183] A Yemeni embassy spokesman in Washington, D.C., said he was not surprised by al-Aulaqi’s apparent links to Mobley, calling al-Aulaqi: “a fixture in jihad 101”.[184]

Times Square bomber

Faisal Shahzad, convicted of the attempted car bombing of Times Square in May 2010, told interrogators that he was “inspired by” al-Aulaqi. Shahzad said he was moved to action, at least in part, by al-Aulaqi’s English-language writings calling for holy war against Western targets, and he was a “fan and follower” of al-Aulaqi.[185][186] On May 6, 2010 ABC News reported that unknown sources told them Shahzad made contact with al-Aulaqi over the internet, a claim that could not be independently verified.[187][188]

Stabbing of British former minister Stephen Timms

After becoming radicalized by online sermons of al-Aulaqi, Roshonara Choudhry stabbed British former Cabinet Minister Stephen Timms in May 2010. On November 4, 2010, she was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London to life imprisonment for attempted murder.[189]

Seattle Weekly cartoonist death threat

In 2010, cartoonist Molly Norris at Seattle Weekly had to stop publishing, and at the suggestion of the FBI change her name, move, and go into hiding due to a Fatwā calling for her death issued by al-Aulaqi, after Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.[190][191][192] Al-Aulaqi cursed her and eight other cartoonists, authors, and journalists who are Swedish, Dutch, and British citizens for “blasphemous caricatures” of the Prophet Muhammad, in the June 2010 issue of an English-language al-Qaeda magazine that calls itself Inspire, writing “The medicine prescribed by the Messenger of Allah is the execution of those involved” .[193] Daniel Pipes observed in an article entitled “Dueling Fatwas”, “Awlaki stands at an unprecedented crossroads of death declarations, with his targeting Norris even as the U.S. government targets him.”[194]

British passenger plane plot

British Home SecretaryTheresa May, said on November 3, 2010, that an associate of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, who was in touch with al-Aulaqi, had been arrested in 2010 for allegedly planning a terrorist attack on passenger planes in Britain.[195]

Cargo planes bomb plot

The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph reported that U.S. and British counter-terrorism officials believe that al-Aulaqi was behind the cargo plane PETN bombs that were sent from Yemen to Chicago in October 2010.[196][197] The New York Times also reported that some analysts believe the attempted bombing may be linked to al-Aulaqi.[198] In addition, when U.S. Homeland Security official John Brennan was asked about al-Aulaqi’s suspected involvement in the plot, he said: “Anybody associated with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a subject of concern.”[197] U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein said “al-Awlaki was behind the two … bombs.”[199]

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