On November 2, 2010, Yemeni prosecutors charged radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi with incitement to kill foreigners over his vocal support of terrorism. Awlaqi, a US citizen, was a suspected member of al Qaeda and has been linked to Fort Hood shooting suspect Major Nidal Hasan and the 2009 Christmas Day airplane bombing attempt in Detroit, Michigan. Yemen later convicted and sentenced al-Awlaqi in absentia to 10 years in prison. Awlaqi was also included on the US "kill or capture list" of suspected terrorists, a decision that was staunchly opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). The organizations filed a joint lawsuit in August 2010 alleging that the US was taking part in extrajudicial killings. That lawsuit was dismissed in December 2010 by the US District Court for the District of Columbia for lack of jurisdiction. On September 30, 2011, a CIA drone strike killed Awlaqi, sparking debate over whether his death violated the law of war, or if the law of war even applied.
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