On September 30, 2011, President Barack Obama ordered the first known authorization for the assassination of a U.S. citizen living overseas. Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born American living in Yemen, had played a vital role to al Qaeda's affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula, and his leadership during the infamous "underwear bomber" incident brought him to the top of the U.S. "most wanted" list.
Since then there has been considerable public debate on the legality of such strikes against U.S. citizens, and it appears that the Obama Administration is once again weighing its options as it monitors another American suspected of working with al Qaeda.
Kimberly Dozier reports here
Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt report here
Peter Bergen delivers his analysis and opinion here