Yemeni Cleric Linked to Fort Hood Still Alive: Family

Strike missed US-born Anwar al-Awlaki
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 25, 2009 7:20 PM CST
Yemeni Cleric Linked to Fort Hood Still Alive: Family
This 2008 file photo shows Anwar al-Awlaki, the US-born imam said to have mentored Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.   (AP Photo)

A US-born radical cleric is alive and well following reports he may have been killed in a Yemeni airstrike against suspected al-Qaeda hideouts, friends and relatives said today. The government said Anwar al-Awlaki, a mentor to the shooter in last month's massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, was possibly among some 30 militants killed yesterday; a friend of al-Awlaki tells the AP he was not among those killed. (Read more Anwar al-Awlaki stories.)

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