Eric Holder Admits For First Time That U.S. Killed 4 Americans With Drone Strikes

In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric Holder officially revealed for the first time that the administration has killed four American citizens overseas with drone strikes.

Holder wrote that the U.S. deliberately killed Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011. He also confirmed that three other Americans were killed, though said that they were “not specifically targeted by the United States.” Those three were named as Samir Khan and Mr. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who were both also killed in Yemen and Jude Mohammed, who was killed by a strike in Pakistan.

The official disclosure to Congress came just one day before President Obama is scheduled to deliver a major speech on counterterrorism and national security at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Read Holder’s full letter below:

Atty. General Holder Letter

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