Yemen Touts Role in Awlaki’s Death

    Image #: 15501082    epa02943760 A Yemeni soldier stands guard at an entrance of a hotel in Sana'a, Yemen, 01 October 2011. According to media reports, Yemeni deputy information minister Abdu al-Janadi criticized the White House's latest call on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to begin the transfer of power immediately, a day after a U.S. drone strike killed U.S. cleric of Yemeni origin Anwar al-Awlaki in northern Yemen.  EPA/YAHYA ARHAB /LANDOV

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    Yemeni officials said on Saturday that they had helped the U.S. find and kill radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki—providing more details on their role in the killing than before. While the officials spoke on condition of anonymity, a Yemeni government spokesman said the U.S. should show more appreciation to Yemen’s president for his role in Awlaki’s death. One official said the U.S. found Awlaki through a recently captured al Qaeda operative, and Yemeni security officials located Awlaki Friday morning in a remote village where the Yemeni state has no control. The Awlaki handover came just one week after Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned to the country after being attacked in Saudi Arabia. But al Qaeda in Yemen has long been considered one of the major wings of the organization, and several U.S. security analysts stressed Saturday that Awlaki’s death does not erase the threat.

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