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US-Born Radical Cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki Killed

ABC News(SANA'A, Yemen) -- Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born, Yemen-based radical cleric and al Qaeda recruiter who's tied to several terror attacks, was killed in Yemen overnight, ABC News confirmed Friday.

A senior U.S. official told ABC News the U.S. had been tracking al-Awlaki for some time and had just been waiting for the perfect moment to strike.  A Yemeni official said al-Awlaki was killed in the south of the country along with an unknown number of al Qaeda confederates.

Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, has long been of interest to American law enforcement authorities because of his apparent ties to several of the 9/11 hijackers.

The AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) operative has also been linked to the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas that left 13 people dead and wounded more than 30 others, the attempted Christmas Day "underwear" bombing of Northwest Flight 253 in 2009, and the unsuccessful Times Square bombing in New York last year.

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Radical Cleric Calls for the Killing of Americans

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LONDON) -- In a new video posted on the Internet, U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki calls for the killing of Americans everywhere.  Speaking in Arabic, he essentially says, “It’s either us or them.” 

Al-Awlaki says Americans are “the party of devils,” and he says that means no special religious permission is required to kill them.  In the 23-minute video, the Yemeni cleric also takes a shot at Arab leaders.  He says they are corrupt and he believes it’s time for religious scholars to take charge.

Investigators have linked Al-Awlaki to the recent failed cargo bombing attempts, the killings at Fort Hood, Texas, the so-called underwear bomber and the unsuccessful Times Square bombing in New York. The U.S. considers al-Awlaki a "specially designated global terrorist."

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