Radical American imam Al-Awlaki & Samir Khan killed
CBS is also reporting that US officials have confirmed, so I think this is a valid report from Yemen.
Update: Samir Khan reported dead too, Tweeted by AP:
BREAKING: Yemen Defense Ministry says another American in Al Qaeda, Samir Khan, was killed with Al-Awlaki
An American radical cleric linked to al-Qaida who led an organization labeled as one of the most serious threats to U.S. security has been killed in Yemen, the country’s defense ministry said on Friday.
“The terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed along with some of his companions,” the defense ministry said in a statement sent by text message to journalists, Reuters reported.
A Yemeni security official told Reuters that al-Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, was hit in a Friday morning air raid in the northern al-Jawf province that borders oil giant Saudi Arabia.
He said four others killed with him were suspected al-Qaida members.
While the American government did not immediately officially verify the claim, NBC News’ Chuck Todd reported that a senior official had confirmed to him that al-Awlaki had been killed.