SANAA, Yemen – Anwar al-Awlaki, U.S.-Yemeni cleric and leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, survived U.S. drone attack on Thursday. Although two midlevel members of al Qaeda were killed in the drone attack but the main target, al-Awlaki, luckily survived.
|Top Al Qaeda Leader in Yemen - - Anwar al-Awlaki Survived U.S. Drone Attack on Thursday (May 6)|
CBS News and The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed Yemeni and U.S. officials, said on Friday that Anwar al-Awlaki was not hit when a missile was fired at a car on Thursday in province of Shabwa, where al-Qaeda is deeply rooted, killing two brothers believed to be al Qaeda militants.
After killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden; U.S. has intensified its efforts to target the remaining top al Qaeda leaders, before they plan any counter attack on United States. Al Qaeda has already warned retaliation in the statement in which they confirmed the death of their leader Osama bin Laden and vowed “Americans happiness will turn to sadness”.
According to U.S. media reports Anwar al-Awlaqi is linked to al Qaeda and considered a major threat to the United States. He is also suspected of devising terrorist attacks on the U.S.
The director of the National Counter-terrorism Center Michael Leiter, told U.S. lawmakers in February this year that al-Awlaki was considered a top threat to the United States.