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Samir Khan, American Al Qaeda Militant, Killed In Al Awlaki Airstrike


First Posted: 09/30/11 12:15 PM ET Updated: 11/30/11 05:12 AM ET

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Defense Ministry says another American militant, Samir Khan, who produced an English-language al-Qaida Web magazine, died in the U.S. airstrike that killed American-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

The ministry has made the announcement Friday in a mobile phone SMS message. Khan, in his 20s, was an American of Pakistani heritage from North Carolina who produced "Inspire," an English-language Web magazine which spread al-Qaida ideology and promoted attacks against U.S. targets, even running articles on how to put together explosives.

In one issue. Khan wrote that had moved to Yemen and joined al-Qaida's fighters, pledging to "wage jihad for the rest of our lives."


Filed by Eline Gordts  |