American Citizen among killed In Yemen Missile Strike
A United States citizen was among those killed during the pilot-less missile attack on suspected al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen last week, administration officials confirmed Thursday.
Ahmed Hijazi and five other suspected al Qaeda operatives were killed by a five-foot long Hellfire missile launched from a remote controlled Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Predator aircraft as they rode in a vehicle some 100 miles east of the Yemeni capital of San’aa, the Washington Postreported.
In its Friday edition, the Post said Hijazi held U.S. citizenship and was also a citizen of an unidentified Middle Eastern country, a top administration official confirmed. He was not born in the United States, but lived there for an unknown period of time, the official said.
With him in the vehicle, according to Yemeni and U.S. government officials, was a senior al Qaeda leader, Abu Ali al-Harithi, who is suspected of masterminding the October 2000 attack on the destroyer USS Cole. (Albawaba.com)