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Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Anwar al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan


According to government reports and news sources from around the world, the well-known American-born radical Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen on Friday, September 30, 2011, along with American jihadi propagandist Samir Khan. This report is designed to provide background on al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the organization al-Awlaki headed, and the influence he and Khan had on global terrorism. The report includes information on:

  • Terrorist activity by al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Qa'ida in Yemen;
  • Terrorism by the larger al-Qa'ida network;
  • Anwar al-Awlaki's involvement with terrorists targeting the United States; and
  • al-Awlaki's rise as an English-language jihadi propagandist.

Publication Information

Full Citation:

Miller, Erin, and Kathleen Smarick. 2011. "Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Anwar al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan." September 30. www.start.umd.edu/sites/default/files/files/publications/br/BR_AQAP_alAwlakiandKhan.pdf

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