Do We Even Have the Full Story About Abdul Awlaki's Death?Submitted by JO4RP on Mon, 03/11/2013 - 16:38
One of the incidents which prompted Sen. Rand Paul's day-long filibuster last week was the drone strike that killed Abdul Rahman Anwar Awlaki. Abdul was the 16 year-old son of Anwar Awlaki. He was killed in an airstrike on October 14th, 2011, supposedly a bystander to an attack aimed at a major al Qaeda figure named Ibrahim al-Banna.
Looking into it over the weekend I was surprised how unclear the circumstances surrounding Abdul's death remain. The NY Times published a story Saturday detailing some of the justification used in the killing of the father, but information on Abdul's death is vague:
On Oct. 14, a missile apparently intended for an Egyptian Qaeda operative, Ibrahim al-Banna, hit a modest outdoor eating place in Shabwa. The intelligence was bad: Mr. Banna was not there, and among about a dozen men killed was the young Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who had no connection to terrorism and would never have been deliberately targeted.