Aulaqi made headlines last month when it was revealed that Fort Hood gunman Major Hasan had attempted to contact him. Aulaqi’s family said the cleric was not home at the time of the attack, which the Yemeni government credited to US intelligence.
Which is problematic, according to Aulaqi’s father. The cleric, an American born US citizen, is not charged with any crimes despite speculation of unspecified al-Qaeda ties. If the US government helped Yemen in an assassination attempt against one of its own citizens, this certainly warrants analysis.
Yemen, for its part, claims that all the people killed were “militants,” but the government has made similar claims following attacks on open-air markets and hospitals in the rebel north. Yemeni officials speculate the cleric may be dead.