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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