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Al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, and a second American, Samir Khan, were killed by a joint CIA-U.S. military air strike on their convoy in Yemen early Friday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR:

“There was a momentous event today when we learned of the death of Anwar al-Awlaki,” leader of the “most dangerous affiliate of Al-Qaida,” responsible for several terrorist acts and attempts in the U.S. and for “spreading an ideology of hate and violence.”

“He can no longer threaten America, our allies and peace-loving people around the world. … But our continued vigilance is required. We will ratchet up the pressure and maintain a comprehensive strategy to deny Al-Qaida or its affiliates safe haven anywhere in the world.”

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