On 30th September 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, was assassinated in Yemen in a US drone strike. Anwar al-Awlaki was considered to be a ‘Hate Preacher’ even though he condemned the 11th September 2001 attacks.
On 14th October 2011, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year old son of the late Anwar al-Awlaki, was assassinated in Yemen in a US drone strike.
On 28th January 2017, in the first attack sanctioned by President Trump, US missiles were fired into a village in Yakla district of Yemen. According to the human rights charity, Reprieve, as many as 23 civilians were killed in the village including 10 children. Of those 10 children, one was believed to be Nawar al-Awlaki the daughter of the late Anwar al-Awlaki.
The US under Obama moved on from extraordinary rendition and torture to assassination by drone, with a very small number of people acting as Judge, Jury, Executioner and Historian. The legal basis of these drone assassinations has never been properly confirmed.
In the case of the al-Awlaki family, the father was assassinated followed by the son and then the daughter. This sounds like something out of a gangster movie, especially as there is no evidence that the son and daughter were involved in any terrorist activity. In actual fact, there is no evidence that Anwar al-Awlaki ever committed a terrorist act unless talking and writing can be considered as such.
In Laurie Calhoun’s excellent book “We Kill Because We Can” she writes: “These stark similarities suggest that the shadowy terrorist enemy has essentially created its adversary in its image”
The US has adopted al Qaeda philosophy – you threaten us, we will kill your children.