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Intel influx leads to increased U.S. strikes in Yemen – CNN

On April 19, 2012, CNN's national security blog reported that officials attribute the increasing number of drone attacks in Yemen to "[i]mproved intelligence about the leadership of the al Qaeda movement in that country."  According to CNN sources, the U.S. maintains various modes of intelligence inside Yemen, including both manned fighter jets and UAVs.  Furthermore, […]

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Top Yemeni militant killed in strike – CNN

On April 24, 2012 CNN's national security blog reported that Mohammed Saeed Al-Umda, also known as Ghareeb Al-Taizi, was killed last week in Yemen.  The kill was announced by the Yemeni Embassy in Washington.  The embassy did not state whether Al-Umda was killed by a drone or even which which country carried out the attack.  […]

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Appeals Court Reverses Habeas Decision

Yesterday, March 29, 2011, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a lower court’s decision  to release Yemeni detainee Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, who has been held at Guantanamo since 2002. Late last year, a lower court judge ruled that the government had not shown that Uthman was a member of […]

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Hank Crumpton’s Keynote Address at the Texas International Law Journal’s Symposium on Air & Missile Warfare

Posted yesterday, February 15, on Lawfare blog, and available here, Robert Chesney discusses Hank Crumpton's keynote address at the Texas International Law Journal's Symposium on Air and Missile Warfare. Crumpton was sworn in as Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State with the rank of Ambassador-at- Large on August 2, 2005. Chesney notes that […]

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Al-Awlaki Recording Criticizes U.S., Expresses Support for Jailed Yemeni Journalist

According to reports, a recording believed to be of Anwar al-Awlaki was posted to jihadist forums Sunday, February 13. In the recording, al-Awlaki criticizes the Yemeni government for cooperating with the United States and expresses support for jailed Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea, who was recently convicted and jailed for supporting al Qaeda. According to […]

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Targeting al-Awlaki and International Law

Robert Chesney's post yesterday on Lawfare blog, titled "Targeting al-Awlaki and International Law," asks the question: Does international law permit the US government to kill Anwar al-Awlaki?  Chesney examines that question in a draft article posted here (the paper is forthcoming in the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law).  He uses al-Awlaki as a case study that "provides an occasion to […]

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Yemen Sentences Al-Awlaki in Absentia

According to al-Jazeera,in an article entitled "Yemen Sentences al-Awlaki in Absentia,"  the government of Yemen indicted al-Awlaki and his cousin, Othman al-Awlaki, for inciting another man, Hisham Mohammed Assem, to carry out an attack on westerners at an oil facility where Assem worked as a security guard.  Assem was the only one of the three […]

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Suit Over Targeted Killings Is Thrown Out

In an article entitled "Suit Over Targeted Killings is Thrown Out," The New York Times reports yesterday that Judge John Bates, threw out a lawsuit that had sought to block the American government from trying to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the United States citizen and Muslim cleric in hiding overseas who is accused of helping to plan attacks […]

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Awlaki: ‘The Most Dangerous Man in The World’

An ABC News report published last Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in a piece entitled, "Awlaki: 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World," that it is Awlaki, not Osama bin Laden, that has been labeled the "most dangerous man in the world" by a New York Police Department counterterror official during a briefing last week.  ABC Reports: […]

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Legal challenge to US assassination policy divides rights groups

In an article entitled "Legal Challenge to US assassination policy divides rights groups," The Guardian reports that the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union, which are representing Anwar al-Awlaki’s father in his lawsuit against the government’s decision to place al-Awlaki on a targeted kill list, are being criticized by human rights […]

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