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Two Al Qaeda Millitants Who Had Threatened an American Cartoonist With Death Are Killed By US Forces

10/01/2011

Photo by Mohammed ud-Deen, Wikimedia Commons

Anwar al-Awlaki, a cleric and senior Al Qaeda (or al-Qaida) leader, and Samir Khan, the co-editor of the English language Al Qaeda magazine Inspire, were killed early September 29, 2011, by a joint CIA-United States military drone strike in the Yemeni town of Khashef.  At a ceremony at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, United States President Barack Obama confirmed the targeting of the two American born Al Qaeda militants.  Read more about the attack by clicking on US Strike Kills American al-Qaida Cleric in Yemen by Ahmed al-Haj for the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2010, Yemeni-American cleric al-Awlaki proclaimed in the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire what the FBI deemed "a very serious threat" on the life of American cartoonist Molly Norris after Molly created a poster and website announcing an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."  Ever since this death threat, Molly Norris has been in hiding. 

Michael Cavna of the Comic Riffs Blog of the The Washington Post recalls Molly's understated humor even when threatened with death.  Aaron Goldstein in the Spectacle Blog of the magazine American Spectator speculates what the killing of al-Awlaki means for Molly.  In the Americas section of our Art to Die For collection you can read even more about Molly Norris' ordeal.