US acknowledges their drones killed American in Pakistan

Published: May 23, 2013
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US Attorney General in a letter says American Jude Mohammed was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

US Attorney General in a letter says American Jude Mohammed was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. PHOTO: FILE

WASHINGTON: The Barack Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that their drones had killed four Americans in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009, The New York Times reported.

In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by NYT, US Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr revealed that the US had deliberately killed American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki using a drone strike. According to US authorities, Al-Awlaki was a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen.

While it was widely reported that Al-Awlaki had been killed in a US drone strike, the US government had till no refused confirm or deny it.

Holder’s letter further disclosed the assassination of three other Amercian citizens in Yemen and Pakistan. It included the murders of Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike as Al-Awlaki. Al-Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was also killed by a drone attack in Yemen.

Jude Kenan Mohammed is fourth and the only American citizen whom the US government admitted to killing in Pakistan using a drone strike. It did not specify when in the five year period was Mohammed killed.

However, Holder defended the government saying these men were not specifically targeted. “These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States.”

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  • vikas
    May 23, 2013 - 2:28AM

    these so called american nationals were born to muslim parents.. and worked against american interests

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  • Mirza
    May 23, 2013 - 2:39AM

    A terrorist is a terrorist against all humanity no matter what his nationality is. If the Boston bombing terrorists were killed while in central Asia for training a lot of people would not lose their limbs and lives. The question is what were these Americans doing with the known terrorists in the most unsafe areas of the world? Common citizens of any country would not like to go and spend time in those areas where they were killed. The world is a safer place after the back of Al-Qaida is broken and all the known active terrorists are killed without losing a single US soldier. Thanks a drone!

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  • Pakistani
    May 23, 2013 - 3:34AM

    I am waiting for the day when they will acknowledge that the had killed many

    innocent souls through these drones.

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  • Rex Minor
    May 23, 2013 - 5:18AM

    Most of the droned American citizens were not targetted, reports the attorney Geneal office. . They were probably trial runs with rubber missiles. The first crack in the administration for the impeachment process: opening. The supremo will explain the extra judicial killings of the American citizens to the American citizens on Thursday. The man who was the Professor of the constitutional law will tell the world how one can make illegal into legal, it is all so simle.

    Rex Minor

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  • Naumann
    May 23, 2013 - 5:46AM

    @ Mirza – Anwar Al Awlaki NEVER committed a crime on American soil, or anywhere else. He preached Islam, and guided the misguided.

    Drones are illegal in every book of the lawRecommend

  • SayWhat!
    May 23, 2013 - 5:53AM

    @Pakistani: You’re right the TTP has not only killed 6000 U.S. personnel they have also murdered 30,000 plus innocents Muslims of Pakistan.

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  • numbersnumbers
    May 23, 2013 - 6:37AM

    @Rex Minor:
    WOW, you say “rubber missiles”!!! Please tell us where we can look up guided “rubber missiles”!!! Pakistan’s defense capability is now suffering from a rubber missile gap that needs to be addressed quickly, or India will outclass Pakistani forces with their super secret “rubber” Cruise missiles carrying rubber warheads!!!!!!

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  • vasan
    May 23, 2013 - 6:57AM

    Is it a coincidence that all those killed by drones, most of them, are muslims irrespective of the nationality.

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  • May 23, 2013 - 8:35AM

    The US constitution has a 4th and a 14th Amendment where a US Citizen is promised “Due process”. These scums, no matter how diabolical, were US Citizens. United States denying them the due process loses its higher moral standing. We all know how this presidence is going to warp in the future.

    -A Very Concerned US Citizen.

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  • English Boy
    May 23, 2013 - 10:19AM

    Militarism/Drone Strikes : Perfectly Legal
    Terrorism : Perfectly Illegal.

    Makes perfect sense American govt. This is not to say that terrorism is acceptable, but to assert that these drone strikes are no different from terrorist bombings. They kill innocent people and are almost always ineffective.

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  • Gulam Rasool "Kuldeep sharma"
    May 23, 2013 - 10:46AM

    @Pakistani
    No they will not, dont you remember where was OSAMA?

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