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US justified drone killings by citing al Qaeda law

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 14:18

The Obama administration justified using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas by citing the war against al Qaeda and by saying a surprise attack against an American in a foreign land would not violate the laws of war, according to a previously secret government memorandum.

Court releases memo justifying drone strike on US cleric

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 02:10

A New York court today released an edited version of a US government memo legally justifying a drone attack that targeted and killed an American in Yemen in 2011.

Lawsuit over American drone strikes dismissed by US judge

Last Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014, 11:36

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the US government by the families of three American citizens killed by US drones in Yemen, saying senior officials cannot be held personally responsible for money damages for the act of conducting war.

Yemen pardons journalist jailed for al Qaeda ties

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 09:18

Yemen`s president has pardoned a journalist who was jailed for three years on charges of helping al Qaeda and US born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Al Qaeda leader Awlaki spent thousands on prostitutes in US

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 03, 2013, 13:56

Slain radical American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki spent thousands of dollars on prostitutes while he traveled the United States preaching fundamentalist Islam.

UK faces fresh threat from ‘Nike terrorists’

Last Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013, 13:36

Three men convicted of plotting an attack to eclipse 7/7 were not recruited by radical preachers, but influenced by extremist rantings online.

`US can keep secrets on targeted drone killings`

Last Updated: Friday, January 04, 2013, 13:13

A US judge has ruled the Obama`s administration is not required to publicly disclose its legal justification for the drone attacks.

Al Awlaki ‘may have booked pre-9/11 flights for hijackers’

Last Updated: Friday, January 04, 2013, 12:23

Radical American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may have purchased tickets for some of the hijackers for air travel in advance of the September 11 attacks.

FBI admits having al-Awlaki in custody in 2002

Last Updated: Friday, August 03, 2012, 13:33

A top FBI official has now admitted that the agency had custody of Anwar al-Awlaki back in 2002, but let him go.

`Awlaki’s family file wrongful death lawsuit against US`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 13:16

Relatives of three American citizens, including radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, have sued the Obama administration for targeting the terrorism suspects rather than taking them to trial.

Top al Qaeda bomb maker in Yemen resurfaces

Last Updated: Friday, April 27, 2012, 15:12

Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the brains behind sophisticated bombs that have been used in attempts to attack the US, is still alive.

Nigerian underwear bomber to be sentenced in US

Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 11:28

A bomb hidden in the underwear of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab caused a fire on a Delta Airlines flight on December 25, 2009.