U.S.: Dismiss suit in fatal drone strike
The Obama administration urged a federal court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit over the drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen last year, including an al-Qaida cleric. In a court filing, the Justice Department said the issue is best handled by the government’s political branches, not the judiciary. U.S.-born al-Qaida leader Anwar alAwlaki and Samir Khan, an al-Qaida propagandist, were killed in a drone strike in September 2011. Al-Awlaki’s son was killed the following month. The lawsuit filed by relatives of the three charged CIA and military officials violated the Constitution and international law.