September 30, 2011

American Traitor Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in Yemen!
Upd: SAMIR KHAN, Threatened Rusty's Family, Dead!
Obama Confirms, Awlaki DEAD
Now with More Cowbell, M.C. Hammer
Online Jihadis Confirm: Samir Khan Dead!
Fingerprints Confirm!

Anwar al-Awlaki, DEAD!
Samir Khan, DEAD!

Breaking News!

The US-born radical Islamist cleric and suspected al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed in Yemen, the country's defence ministry has said.

A statement said only that he died "along with some of his companions."

Reportedly, al-Awlaki was killed by Yemeni forces.

UPDATE by Matt Damon: Looks like it may have been a drone that got him.

Al-Arabiya television network cited local tribal sources as saying suspected U.S. drone aircraft - which are known to operate in Yemen - fired two missiles Friday at a convoy of vehicles believed to be carrying al-Awlaki and his guards.
We will see how this shakes out...true or not.

Remember Sammy keep looking up......there is a drone with your name on it.

UPDATE II by Matt Damon: From Jake Tapper twitter account.

@ Jaketapper
Jake Tapper Sr admin officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed
We know that Samir Khan was in contact with al-Awaki as his articles were in Sammy's last issue of Inspire released just a few days ago. Is he dead too? One can only hope.

Update: Saints be praised Samir Khan is dead!

Yemen Defense Ministry says another American in al-Qaida, Samir Khan, was killed with al-Awlaki
Update by Rusty: Reports are still in flux. As of this moment it's hard to confirm whether or not Awlaki and Khan are both dead. US officials are confirming, off the record, that Awlaki is dead -- but Jane Novak, who has deep contacts in Yemen, says that a local news agency, nass press, is reporting that Awlaki survived the attack and was only injured. And as Ed reminds us, this wouldn't be the first time Awlaki was reported dead. But other tribal sources claim he's dead.

As you know, the Arab world is rife with rumor that passes as fact. We'll keep you posted, but given that US officials are confirming off the record that Awlaki is dead, then I'll have to treat the naysaying as rumors until we hear otherwise.

The really personal news here would be that Samir Khan is dead. As long time readers know, Samir and I have had personal disputes over the years. It was Samir, then blogging as Inshallahshaheed, who threatened to kill my family. He even made this nice little graphic to go along with the threat.

Inshallahshaheed is Arabic for God willing, a martyr. Well, you got your wish Samir.

He who laughs last, laughs loudest.

Also, the guy not killed in a drone strike. He laughs loudest, too.

Update by Rusty: Sources in Yemen clarify why the rumor that he survived started: there were two missiles, he survived the first one .... but that second one? That one was the kill shot.

Update by Rusty: I like this from Malkin, who anticipates the reaction of the far left and some in the Ron Paul nutzo camp:

Obama’s far left flank will be unhappy if the mission to kill Awlaki, an American citizen, was successful. They will again decry such drone strikes against American citizens as unprecedented and lawless.

On this, I will come to Obama’s defense.

Awlaki’s membership and leadership in al Qaeda is undisputed.

We are at war.

Indeed, we are. Too many have forgotten that in war, the rules are different.

And on cue, Glenn Greenwald opens his mouth and proves that he's an idiot. Update: And the chief Paultard himself, Ron Paul.

Update by Rusty: Two conflicting tales of how big this is by CT analysts.

Alix Levine: It's big

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Not as big as you might think.

I'm with Alix, it's big. What Daveed is talking about is the long-term resilience of al Qaeda. Yes, they're resilient ... but Samir and Awlaki are media personalites that they won't be able to replace very easily. And since they both were raised in America, they will have a hard time finding someone to fill their shoes. Even Adam Gadahn, another al Qaeda propagandist from the US, didn't have the same type of impact on Western audiences.

Samir, especially, spoke in terms that American and English speaking European radicals could relate to. Gadahn has been in Afghanistan/Pakistan so long, that he sounds no different than any other radical from the Middle East.

In a tweet to me, Daveed actually agrees with this sentiment. It's just a matter of long vs. short-term perspective. But let's not be buzzkills today, okay people? It's a day to celebrate.

Yassin Musharbash

If the reports are true, then AQAP has lost its most important propagandist.
Agreed, with the caveat Awlaki was the best English spokesman for al Qaeda, but Samir Khan was its greatest propagandist. Also, the go to guy within the organization who really understood social media.

In fact, here's an early CT analysis roundup over at Jihadica.

Also, Intelwire.

Update by Rusty: President Obama, speaking live at Admiral Mullen's retirement, has confirmed that Awlaki is dead!

One last thought: If Samir was in one of the cars, is it possible that the other American traitor -- the mysterious "editor" of Inspire, Yayha Ibrahim, also killed?

Update by Rusty: Wow, I can't thank Michelle Malkin enough for the lengthy post praising our work over the years counterring Khan's online radicalization message. Thanks Michelle!

Update by Rusty: Live press conference at WH.

Not a lot of details, so far, but a reiteration of news that came out earlier that we are now calling Awlaki “chief of external operations” for AQAP. In other words, his role wasn't simply "inspirational", it was operational.

Update: Carney says he doesn't have any information on whether or not Samir Khan was also killed.

Update by Rusty: Lulz, CAIR joins the lunatic left on right, concerned over "Constitutional issues" raised by killing traitors who openly admit they are at war with US.

Update by Rusty: Was Samir Khan guilty of being an American traitor? That's the question being asked by the left. But let's see how Samir answered this question in his own words.

Any questions?

Update by Rusty: Here's a good roundup, and here, and another one from Stacey McCain.

And over at PJM's The Tatler, they are running a number of old posts reminding us that Awlaki once was in tight with the powers that be in Washington. How tight? Well, he once trained Muslim chaplains on Capital Hill and lectured on Islam inside the Pentagon.

UPDATE by Rusty: An poster at the top tier al Qaeda linked al Fidaa forum claims he's from Yemen, and that Samir Khan has indeed been killed. Roggio posts the SITE news:

May Allah bless you my noble brothers. The news is true. We say, may Allah have mercy on our sheikh and our beloved, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed this morning in the area between al-Jawf and Marib in a Hilux 2005 vehicle, along with six people accompanying him...

Peace be upon you my dear brother. By Allah, I am from Yemen. Allah is witness that this news came upon us like a thunderbolt, but we consider him a martyr, because he was martyred along with another person, an American citizen of Pakistani origin who specialized in programming. The news was confirmed to me, and I apologize for the delay, because I was praying.

This is indeed good news!

Bwahahahaaa update: It now appears that Anwar al-Awlaki will never again enjoy the company of a street hooker <---h/t: Will Amos

UPDATE by Rusty: Fingerprints confirmed identities of Awlaki and Khan:

U.S. operatives on the ground in Yemen used fingerprint analysis to confirm that a joint CIA-military drone strike Friday killed American militants Anwar Awlaki and Samir Khan, according to a U.S. government official briefed on the operation....

“Samir Khan was a bonus. It was a twofer,” said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security. “It’s a pretty good hit.”

UPDATE by SH: NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has Sammy down pat
..Kelly said Khan had extensive contacts in New York City and published the English language Inspire Magazine, which instructed lone wolves on how to build bombs at home, and in the most recent issue identified Grand Central Station as a target.

Kelly said Al-Awlaki was focused like no other on attacking the U.S. and Khan legitimized attacking women and children.

Related highlights from our hundreds and hundreds of posts on Samir Khan. Our Samir Khan archives can't hold all the posts, and these are just a few I could find going back to 2007... but we were following him behind the scenes, long before he got outed by the NYT:

Pre-Outing: 6 months before NYT's outed Samir, post about his blog
Irony: Samir predicts Allah will protect his blog
The Web of American Bloggers and The Terrorists They Facilitate
Muslim Blogger Advises: Join, Fund, Blog, and Pray for Terrorists

Samir Khan Threatens Rusty

Inshallashshaheed Outted: North Carolina Jihadi in the News
Samir Khan talked to GIMF terrorists online
Samir Khan IS Our Bitch
For Samir Khan Inshallahshaheed: Rot in Hell you SOB Traitor!!!
"Pray for al Qaeda in Iraq"

Khan challenges Rusty to come to Charlotte and fight (LOL)
Khan threatens Geert Wilders
Samir Khan Justifies, Equivocate Mumbai Massacre
Samir Khan Unemployed, Has More Time for Online Jihad
Charlotte Jihadi Asked "Are you anti-American?"
Samir Khan's Inshallahshaheed Humiliation Continues, Blog Homeless Again
Inshallahshaheed (Sammy) is Darth Odie's Beotch!
A Reply to Inshallahshaheed
Samir Khan aka Inshallahshaheed Hearts Westboro Babtist Church
Inshallahshaheed Blog Down Again!
Khan's friend arrested in Boston
American Muslim Explains the Morality and Genius of 9/11
Praises Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and al Libi of al Qaeda from Mom's basement

Khan starts practice run for al Qaeda, starts his own jihadi magazine
Samir Khan's Idiotic Magazine Hits MSM: How Ghey is the Jihadi Workout?
Sammy and Joey Release Jihad Recollections #2
American Muslim Prays for Release of al Qaeda Terrorists
Samir Khan: Soon, The Blessed Invasion of Manhattan-- "Special Gift" for 9/11
Samir Khan should really stop hotlinking us (hilarity ensues)!
Inshallahshaheed AKA Samir Khan Steals Bill Roggio's Post Gets PWN3d!
In which we take down another of Samir Khan's blogs.
Inshallahshahheed Back Online
Inshallahshaheed: Warning, This Video Contains Music
Inshallahshaheed (Samir Khan) Banned from Image Shack/Internet
Khan's blog calls for killing of US soldiers

Is North Carolina's Samir Khan Behind New al Qaeda Magazine? Quotes Yousef al-Khattab
Samir Khan: American al Qaeda
Samir Khan's Magazine Helped Swedish Bomber Blow Himself Up
Khan introduced convicted terrorist Zach Chesser to indicted terrorist Younes Abdullah Muhammad
Samir Khan behind graphics of new Al Qaeda recruiting magazine Inspire: officials
Charlotte Blogger Probably Acting in Operational Capacity for AQAP
Khan connected to would-be Oregon bomber
Federal grand jury meets to consider evidence against Samir Khan

Samir Khan Begs American Muslims to Blow Themselves Up
Another Samir Khan "Inspired" Plot?
Academic Paper: Let's Kill Samir Khan & Anwar al Awlaki!
AQAP's Samir Khan (aka, Inshallahshaheed) Helping Fellow American Terrorist Omar Hammami (aka, Abu Mansour Al-Amriki) of al Shabaab
Khan Celebrates 9/11 .... 16 Days Late!

---Celebratory updates bumped down ---

UPDATE by DMartyr:


Update by Howie: Please M.C. Vader, don't hurt 'em!

Also, Party Time Videos below!!

Added this video, thanks to Legionnaire of the Banned. Very nice!

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