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American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki — whose fluency in English and technology made him one of the top terrorist recruiters in the world — was killed Friday in an airstrike in Yemen, officials said.

Al-Awlaki’s death, confirmed by U.S. and Yemeni officials, dealt yet another blow to the al Qaeda network, reeling from the killing and capture this year of several top leaders, most notably Osama bin Laden.

A “successful joint intelligence-sharing operation” between Yemen and the United States led to the attack that killed al-Awlaki, a Yemeni government official said Friday. The official asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the news media.

Source: CNN

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