We Killed an American Teen Two Years Ago Today

On October 14, 2011 a remotely piloted aircraft operated by the United States launched a missile at a restaurant in Aden, Yemen, killing, among several other nearby civilians, an American citizen named Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was born in Denver to Yemeni-born parents and later moved with them back to Yemen.

He was 16 years old.

Al-Awlaki is one of four other American citizens killed by American drones, three of whom were not specifically targeted by U.S. counter-terrorism programs: Samir Khan, Jude Mohammed, and al-Awlaki himself.

The same series of strikes reportedly targeted, but did not kill, an al Qaeda operative named Ibrahim al-Banna.

[Photo of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki via Facebook]