The Week: Most Recent Terrorism:Anwar al-Awlaki recent posts.en-usMon, 10 Oct 2011 12:32:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Terrorism:Anwar al-Awlaki from THE WEEKMon, 10 Oct 2011 12:32:00 -0400Leaked: The legal case for killing Anwar al-Awlaki<img src="" /></P><p>A secret Obama administration legal memo cleared the way for the killing of radical, U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, declaring that it would be legal for the U.S. to kill him despite an executive order banning assassinations, according to a report in <em>The New York Times</em>. The "crucial" legal analysis, written a year before the drone strike that killed Awlaki last month, said the killing would only be justified if Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, could not be taken alive. Does this 50-page memo settle the debate over the legality of Awlaki's killing?<br /><br /><strong>No. The government needs to defend its...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 10 Oct 2011 12:32:00 -0400Was the U.S. wrong to kill Anwar al-Awlaki?<img src="" /></P><p>The American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki &mdash; a key figure in al Qaeda &mdash; was killed Friday in a long-planned American drone strike in Yemen. Al-Awlaki's killing marks&nbsp;the first time that a U.S. citizen has been targeted in the war on terrorism, and raises thorny constitutional issues. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) was quick to criticize President Obama, saying&nbsp;that "to start assassinating American citizens without charges &mdash; we should think very seriously about this." Is this an unconstitutional assassination or simply the justified killing of an American enemy?</p><p><strong>This is...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 30 Sep 2011 16:21:00 -0400Imam in the cross hairs<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Who is Anwar al-Awlaki?</strong><br />&ldquo;Terrorist No. 1 in terms of threat against us,&rdquo; in the words of Rep. Jane Harman, an intelligence expert. The sermons of the charismatic, Internet-savvy imam have been found in the possession of nearly every Islamist radical who has attacked Western targets in recent years, including the London subway bombers and Zachary Chesser, an American who recently confessed to helping Somali terrorists. Al-Awlaki may even have been involved in the 9/11 attacks (see below). The Obama administration has targeted him for assassination, to the dismay of civil-liberties advocates...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 29 Oct 2010 11:26:00 -0400Who is Anwar al-Awlaki?<img src="" /></P><p>Anwar al-Awlaki, the extremist Muslim cleric who corresponded with Maj. Nidal Hasan prior to the Fort Hood shootings and whose teachings may have inspired both the "Underwear Bomber" and Time Square suspect Faisal Shahzad, calls for the killing of American civilians and soldiers in a newly released video. In the video, al-Awlaki praises Hasan, calling his Fort Hood shooting spree a heroic and wonderful act. (Watch a CBS report about al-Awlaki's threats.) President Obama has recently approved the targeted assassination of Al-Awlaki, who is believed to be plotting against the U.S. from a hideout...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 24 May 2010 07:00:00 -0400The latest Tweets on 'Anwar al-Awlaki'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 21 May 2010 10:02:00 -0400The making of an American terrorist<img src="" /></P><p>IN THE WEEKS after the Sept. 11 attacks, the eloquent 30-year-old imam of a mosque outside Washington, D.C., became a go-to Muslim cleric for reporters scrambling to explain Islam. He condemned the mass murder, invited television crews to follow him around, and patiently explained the rituals of his religion. &ldquo;We came here to build, not to destroy,&rdquo; the cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, said in a sermon. &ldquo;We are the bridge between Americans and 1 billion Muslims worldwide.&rdquo;<br /><br />At first glance, it seemed plausible that this lanky, ambitious man, with the scholarly wire-rims and equal...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 14 May 2010 11:35:00 -0400Terrorism's new hideout<img src="" /></P><p><strong>Where is Yemen?</strong><br />In one of the most volatile regions on earth. Located at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the desperately poor, politically unstable Republic of Yemen borders Saudi Arabia to the north, Oman to the east, and, across the Gulf of Aden to the south, Somalia. A unified state only since 1990, Yemen is ruled by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, 67, but his corrupt, repressive government holds limited sway outside the capital city of Sanaa. The rest of the country consists largely of oases scattered among rugged mountains and vast, sprawling swaths of desert. Out in these sparsely...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 14 Jan 2010 09:24:00 -0500