President Obama: Anwar al-Awlaki death is 'major blow' to al Qaeda
September 30th, 2011
12:06 PM ET
7 years ago

President Obama: Anwar al-Awlaki death is 'major blow' to al Qaeda

(CNN) - The death of Anwar al-Awlaki is a "major blow" to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and marks another milestone in the effort to defeat the terrorist network, President Barack Obama said Friday.

But the president cautioned that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula remains a "dangerous but weakened" threat that calls for continued vigilance on the part of the United States despite the death of Anwar al-Awlaki.

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  1. carlos

    YOU Decide 2012: A bankrupt socialist welfare country or a thriving capitalist super power are right, but no one in the tearrorist/CONServative field qualifies to do what you will be a tragedy to elect any of those nincompoop traitors

    September 30, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    I don't get it – Ron Paul is already complaining that we should have taken this demon alive??? Ron wanted us to read him his Miranda rights and bring him to trial. But yet if that happened, they will complain that he should NOT have been brought back and read his Miranda rights!!!! The RIGHT is confused.

    I cannot wait to hear what the others are going to say!!! Especially Bachmann and the "PA'IN in the neck" who always come out a few days late and a "couple of French Fries" short in a Happy Meal!!!

    September 30, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    Having President Obama as Commander in Chief has been "a "major blow" to al Qaeda" and it drives the anti-Americans (fascists) of the radical right and their fox media utterly insane.
    They only the GOPtee-baggers fear more than science, history, fact and freedom is our President Obama.

    September 30, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. SiriusVH

    The program started under Clinton. Lack of agreement on whether it was legal (since Ford, political assassinations had been made illegal by executive order) and uncertainty regarding the technology prevented it from being used. The Sept. 11 attack and the fact that, by then, the technology had been deemed sufficiently reliable were the key factors behind Bush's decision to start using drones. Obama gave a big boost to the program right after his election, as part of his re-focusing the war on terror on Al-Qaeda.

    September 30, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  5. encore

    HORRAY for the best leader in the world after god that is. President Obama may god keep blessing you as you lead us into a better tomorrow.

    September 30, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  6. Jules

    Thank you again to President Obama for showing us that you don't need boots on the ground to take care of business.

    September 30, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:
    But to say that Al Queda wasn't softened up by the actions put in place by the Bush administration ??
    Let's be fair. A few weeks after toppling the Taliban, Bush stood in front of a podium and snickered about he didn't know where Bin Laden was and didn't care. Now this could have been purposeful misinformation, but that would give the Bush administration credit for more subtlety than what they have ever demonstrated. Considering how Bush abandoned Afghanistan to go to war in Iraq, it is a fair conclusion that Bush had given up on finding him because he felt Bin Laden was on the run, living in a cold, dirty cave. Obama came to office stating that Bin Laden was the goal, and met that goal with a surge that the Bush administration felt was a waste of time.

    September 30, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. ST

    Well done and good job Mr. President. There is nothing more than feeling safe and secured. These bad people made everybody live in fear. Let them go one after the other, so people can live peacefully. Once more you will get my vote come 2012.

    September 30, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Thank you Mr. President. The (R)s are always pretending to preach about cuts in spending and you just SAVED the American people a whole lot of money so what are they complaining about now? Oh that's right – you have a natural born tan.

    September 30, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. willard

    Presdient obama are wrong killing to al awakai cause someone or army must catch to him then he will be go to court alright so untied state of amercian need to keep hearing with court alright

    September 30, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. bill

    I want to hear what the neocons have to say about this one. Bush doesn't get the credit for this one.
    Then I guess it is safe to say since obama gets credit for taking out Al-Qaeda, he also gets credit for the current economy.

    September 30, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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