Who was Anwar al-Awlaki?

Posted by    |    September 30th, 2011 at 6:24 am

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location in this still image taken from video released by Intelwire.com on September 30, 2011. Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed, Yemen's Defence Ministry said on Friday. A Yemeni security official said 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. REUTERS/Intelwire.comAmericans are safer than we were yesterday.  According to this morning’s New York Times, Anwar al-Awlaki was just killed.  While this news won’t receive the same media attention as the death of Osama bin Laden, it is just as significant for our nation.  Why?

Mr. Awlaki was born on April 22, 1971, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  His family moved to Yemen when he was seven years old, but he returned to the States in 1991 to attend Colorado State University.  He completed a master’s degree in educational leadership at San Diego State University and did course work for a Ph.D. at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.