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Grandfather grieves teenage grandson killed by U.S. drone

December 5th, 2012
05:29 PM ET
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U.S. drone strikes killing Americans

Part 1: A man whose grandson as well as his jihadist son Anwar al-Awlaki were killed in separate U.S. drone strikes.

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Debate over U.S. drone strikes

A discussion about U.S. drone strikes killing American citizens.

By Mick Krever, CNN

Two years ago, Nasser al-Awlaki wrote a letter to President Obama. His request was simple: Please do not kill my son.

He never got a response. Last September, his son, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born al Qaeda leader, was killed by a U.S. drone in a remote area of Northern Yemen. Two weeks later, his 16-year-old grandson, Anwar’s son, was also killed, in a separate U.S. strike hundreds of miles away.

“Anwar, it was expected, because he was … targeted,” Nasser al-Awlaki told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “But how in the world they will go and kill Abdulrahman, a small boy, a U.S. citizen, from Denver, Colorado?” FULL POST


Filed under:  Drone • Latest Episode • Yemen

U.S. drone strikes in Yemen

December 5th, 2012
04:13 PM ET

The father of jihadist Anwar al-Awlaki discusses how he feels about his own country of Yemen working with the U.S. in drone strikes. Both his son and sixteen-year-old grandson were killed in these types of targeted attacks.


Filed under:  Yemen

Arab Spring knocking at Jordan’s door

December 5th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The Arab Spring has spared Jordan’s monarchy, but the foreign minister says it cannot be ignored.

“The Arab Spring has affected Jordan - a gentle breeze, as I keep saying, as opposed to the turbulent winds we saw in other countries,” Nasser Judeh told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Tuesday.

Small outbursts in Jordan have turned into increasingly large protests. Islamists have taken to the street, along side ordinary people who are protesting increasing utility costs, corruption and a lack of reforms.

Shouts that King Abdullah II must go have been heard, but Judeh dismissed them, saying “It's a few people who did that in an atmosphere of an angry reaction over lifting subsidies on fuel products. So it's unfair to say ‘the people are asking.’”

Judeh defended Jordan’s constitutional monarchy and went as far as to say that King Abdullah II is the consensus figure for the country.

“He's the guarantor of the reform process; he's the facilitator of dialogue. And at the end of the day, he's the one who's leading this reform process” Judeh told Amanpour. FULL POST


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Israel • Jordan • Latest Episode • Syria