U.S.: Dis­miss suit in fa­tal drone strike

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

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.

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