CNN Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The joint operation with Yemen code-named Operation Troy to track down Awlaki, who was killed by a drone missile, reviewed; details given about the American-born Al Qaeda terrorist's background and his link to various terrorism plots. [President OBAMA - comments on the death of Awlaki.] [February 9, former National Counterterrorism director Michael LEITER†- calls Awlaki the most significant threat to the US.] [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA, Representative Ron PAUL - comment on Awlaki.] Awlaki's message played.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Fran Townsend, Barbara Starr, Jill Dougherty and Peter Bergen about Awlaki. [TOWNSEND - comments on Awlaki's aggressive operation leadership, the role of Saudi Arabia in helping track and target him, the US-Yemen relationship in the war on terrorism; talks about her past dealings with Ali Saleh, the Yemeni president.] [STARR - explains how the CIA and US military were able to hone in on where he was in Yemen using drone and airplanes.] [BERGEN - comments on the operations targeting Al Qaeda; notes Awlaki was not a household name in the Arab world so there will not likely be a response; explains how Awlaki became radicalized in prison.] [DOUGHERTY - comments on the timing of the taking out of Awlaki while the president of Yemen returned.]
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