- Eric Holder Admits To First Americans Killed By Drone Strikes (ZeroHedge, May 22, 2013):
In a letter to Congress (below), AG Eric Holder admitted that the administration deliberately killed American Anwar al-Awlaki (the radical Muslim cleric) in a drone strike in September 2011 adding, as the NY Times reports, “the decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki was lawful, it was considered, and it was just.” As RT notes, there was collateral damage, as it has been widely reported but rarely acknowledged in Washington that two other US citizens – Samir Khan, and al-Awlaki’s teenage son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki – were executed in that same Yemen strike. With Holder’s latest admission, however, a fourth American – Jude Mohammed – has also been officially named a casualty of America’s continuing drone war; bringing the total ‘known’ Americans killed under the US Drone War to 4 since 2009.
One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki’s death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it.
The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan. Continue reading »