Monday, October 3, 2011

Ron Paul calls US killing of American-born al-Qaida cleric in Yemen an 'assassination'

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is condemning the Obama administration for killing an American born al-Qaida functioning without a trial.

Paul, a Texas congressman recognized for libertarian views, says the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki on Yemeni soil amounts to an "assassination." Paul warned the American people not to casually accept such violence against U.S. citizens, even persons with strong ties to terrorism.

Anwar al-Awlaki was measured one of the most influential al-Qaida operatives wanted by the United States. U.S. and Yemen officials say he was killed in a U.S. air strike targeting his group Friday morning.

Paul made the comments to reporters after a crusade stop Friday at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He said America's leaders must think hard about "assassinating American citizens with no charges."

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