New York Times: U.S. Formally Acknowledges Killing Four Americans With Drones in Yemen and PakistanSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 18:00
New York Times: U.S. Formally Acknowledges Killing Four Americans With Drones in Yemen and Pakistan.
By CHARLIE SAVAGE
Published: May 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen.
The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki’s death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it.