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Al-Qaeda Joins Civil Liberties Groups in Questioning Legality of Killing U.S. Citizen Awlaki

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The feel it would have been lawful to kill the cleric only if it were not possible to take him alive.

According to a report in The Washington Post, al-Qaeda is, audaciously, questioning the legality of the killings of jihadists Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan -- both of whom happened to be U.S. citizens. Al-Qaeda has criticized the Obama administration for killing U.S. citizens, asserting that doing so “contradicts” American law. Both men were killed in a U.S. drone strike last month.

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