Five years after his death, Anwar al-Awlaki’s toxic message is still alive and well

Five years ago, President Obama took the extraordinary decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki, a charismatic American-born imam turned Al Qaeda terror plotter, for taking the “lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans.” Al Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen on September 30, 2011.

Al Awlaki wasn’t just an anti-American propagandist. He demonstrated a hands-on commitment to killing Americans. For example, Al Awlaki was in direct contact with Nidal Hasan before the Army psychiatrist went on a shooting rampage in 2009, killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas.