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Anwar al-Awlaki

Use of drone warfare likely to escalate

“On Sep. 30, 2011, a two year manhunt for al-Qaeda recruiter, Yemeni imam, and United States citizen Anwar al-Awlaki culminated in a drone strike ordered by President Barack Obama. Also killed in the attack was Samir Khan, another U.S. citizen who was not specifically targeted, but happened to be traveling with Awlaki at the time. The strike marked the first time that drones were used to execute American citizens without due process,” writes Ryan Kelley, a William and Mary student, in his award winning essay “The Monitor,” the College’s highly regarded journal of international relations.

Kelley, continued: “The drone strike was met with widespread praise in the media, and it was...

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