Arab Media Focus on Target Specificity in Al-Awlaki Strike
An article in Saudi Arabia’s al Riyadh quoted a Yemeni tribal leader in Jouf who said 6 people were killed in the drone strike, including Anwar al-Awlaki, Salim Saleh Oreifej, Mohamed Muhsin al-Na’aj, and Samir Khan. The same tribal leader said the strike occurred around 10:30 a.m. as the men were about to eat a meal “in the desert about 600 meters from house where they were living.” “Sana’a wa Washinton Tu’akidan Muqatal Anwar Al-Awlaki fi Gara Jawiya,” Al Riyadh, October 1, 2011, http://www.alriyadh.com/671505.
Al Arabiya’s version of events differed slightly from the tribal leader’s alleged eyewitness account. The network reported that al-Awlaki left his house in a pickup truck, accompanied by two other cars. At “exactly 9:55 [a.m.] Yemen Time” the drone allegedly fired three missiles – aimed only at the car carrying al-Awlaki – exploding it upon impact. “’Al-Arabiya’ Tukashif Tafasil Al-Daqa’iq Al-Akhira fi Hayat Anwar Al-Awlaki,” Al Arabiya, October 2, 2011, http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/10/02/169845.html.