United States President Barack Obama has called the killing of Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki a "major blow to al-Qaeda's most active operational affiliate" but offered no apologies for the unprecedented manner in which he was killed.
"We will be determined, we will be deliberate, we will be relentless, we will be resolute in our commitment to destroy terrorist networks that aim to kill Americans," Obama told reporters in Washington.
But the controversial killing by armed drones on Friday steers the Obama administration into uncharted waters regarding the targeting and killing of US citizens deemed enemies of the state.
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