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Like Father, Like Son: Murdering Awlaki’s 16-Year Old Son

Posted By John Glaser On October 18, 2011 @ 4:41 pm In News | Comments Disabled

We all know about the extrajudicial assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. It was murder without due process [1], guaranteed him by the Fifth Amendment. Less people know about the same fate befalling his 16-year old son [2] (I reported on it here [3], but details have since been clarified and expanded upon):

In the days before a CIA drone strike killed al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki [4] last month, his 16-year-old son ran away from the family home in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa to try to find him, relatives say. When he, too, was killed in a U.S. airstrike Friday, the Awlaki family decided to speak out for the first time since the attacks.

“To kill a teenager is just unbelievable, really, and they claim that he is an al-Qaeda militant. It’s nonsense,” said Nasser al-Awlaki, a former Yemeni agriculture minister who was Anwar al-Awlaki’s father and the boy’s grandfather, speaking in a phone interview from Sanaa on Monday. “They want to justify his killing, that’s all.”

The teenager, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was born in Denver in 1995, and his 17-year-old Yemeni cousin were killed in a U.S. military strike  [5]that left nine people dead in southeastern Yemen.

Abdulrahman al-Awlaki’s family has set up a memorial Facebook page [6]. It includes pictures like these:

The boy was killed by a US drone strike while he was out to dinner with his 17-year old cousin [7]. Nine others died.


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URLs in this post:

[1] murder without due process: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2011/10/04/hassle-free-justice-awlakis-rights-would-have-got-in-the-way-of-his-prosecution/

[2] the same fate befalling his 16-year old son: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/anwar-al-awlakis-family-speaks-out-against-his-sons-deaths/2011/10/17/gIQA8kFssL_story.html?hpid=z3

[3] here: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/10/15/us-strike-kills-awlakis-son-along-with-9-others/

[4]  al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/aulaqi-incited-young-muslims-to-attacks-against-west/2011/09/30/gIQACMaKAL_story.html

[5] were killed in a U.S. military strike : http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/yemen-says-media-chief-for-al-qaidas-yemeni-branch-killed-along-with-6-others-in-airstrike/2011/10/15/gIQAzogalL_story.html

[6] memorial Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Abdulrahman-Anwar-Al-Awlaki-locked-in-our-hearts/278913108798118?sk=wall

[7] while he was out to dinner with his 17-year old cousin: http://news.antiwar.com/2011/10/18/out-to-dinner-us-assassination-in-yemen-killed-teens/

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