Anwar al-Awlaki in an undated video grab (Photo: Reuters)
U.S. Officials confirmed that Yemeni government news agency reports that Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical clerick has been killed, along with his bodyguards, in a military strike. He was 40-years-old. The English-speaking al Awlaki who is the best known face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is a particularly potent scourge, spewing anti-American rhetoric in long winded diatribes that have a huge online following. Nidal Hassan, the army psychiatrist responsible for the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shootings had printed copies of Awlaki's sermons among his belongings. And Faisal Shahzad, who failed to detonate a bomb in Times Square said that he had been inspired by Awlaki's call to wage jihad on America.