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CIA kills Yemen al-Qaeda chief and US citizen

Counterterrorism strike

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationLackawanna Six
MeansCIA Predator Drone
LocationNear Marib, Yemen
Time Nov. 3, 2002
KilledQaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi (Primary Target) , Kamal Derwish (Secondary Target)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOn Nov. 3, 2002, a CIA-operated Predator drone fired Hellfire missiles at a vehicle carrying Qaed al-Harethi, al-Qaeda's top operative in Yemen.

Traveling with him was Kamal Derwish, a U.S. citizen, who was also killed. The U.S. government said it did not know Derwish was in the vehicle.

The strike was criticized as an extrajudicial killing of an American who had not been charged with any crime. The Bush administration argued the killing was legal.1
1Lumpkin, John J. "CIA can kill citizens who aid al-Qaida." The Associated Press: Dec. 4, 2002.
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