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Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi a.k.a. Abu Ali al-Harithi (Arabic: أبو علي الحارثي‎ ) (died November 3, 2002) was an al-Qaeda operative and a citizen of Yemen who is suspected of having been involved in the October 2000 USS Cole bombing,[1] and the October Limburg attack.[2]

Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi
DiedNovember 3, 2002
Military career
Allegiance Al-Qaeda
Service/branchIslamic Jihad in Yemen
Years of service?-2002
RankLeader and planner in Yemen

He was killed by the CIA during a covert targeted killing mission in Yemen on November 3, 2002. The CIA used a Predator drone to shoot the Hellfire missile that killed al-Harithi and five other al-Qaeda operatives as they rode in a vehicle 100 miles (160 km) east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.[3]

Al-Harithi was traveling with Kamal Derwish (Ahmed Hijazi), a US citizen, and Derwish's killing was the first known case of the U.S. government killing a U.S. citizen during the "War on Terror".[4] It was also the first Predator attack outside Afghanistan.[1]

The George W. Bush administration, citing the authority of a presidential finding that permitted worldwide covert actions against Osama bin Laden's network, considered al-Harethi and his traveling party a justifiable military target.[1][4] Nonetheless, the targeted killing of al-Harethi was the subject of debate on its legality.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Pincus, Walter (November 6, 2002). "US missiles kill al Qaeda suspects". Washington Post. The Age. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  2. ^ (editor) Herbert-Burns, Rupert; (editor) Bateman, Sam; (editor) Lehr, Peter (September 2008). Lloyd's MIU handbook of maritime security. Boca Raton: CRC Press. p. 60. ISBN 9781420054804. Retrieved 27 September 2016.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "U.S. kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen". USA TODAY. Associated Press. November 5, 2002. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Priest, Dana (November 8, 2002). "U.S. Citizen Among Those Killed In Yemen Predator Missile Strike". Washington Post. The Tech. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Whitaker, Brian; Burkeman, Oliver (November 5, 2002). "Killing probes the frontiers of robotics and legality". The Guardian. Retrieved June 25, 2013.

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