DENVER (AP) — An American-born cleric killed in Yemen earned a degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University in 1994 and gave non-violent sermons before attracting the attention of U.S. intelligence officials.

People who knew Anwar al-Awlaki in Colorado said last year they were surprised by his high-profile radical role. They recalled a deeply religious man with no overt political agenda or talk of terrorism.

Al-Awlaki’s English-language sermons later became more virulent and are believed to have inspired several terror plots in the United States and Britain.

Al-Awlaki was killed early Friday in a strike on his convoy carried out by a joint operation of the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command

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  1. USN Retired says:

    YEAH!! Great shot, hope we kill more of these sorry individuals that plan to kill hundreds and thousands of Americans. American born, so what does it matter? He’s trying to kill you and me. Let’s kill them FIRST!!

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