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Good morning everyone it is Friday September 30 2011 market -- your calendar because this guy is dead.
Fox News alert good morning everyone I'm Gretchen Carlson Fox News confirming now al-Qaeda terror suspect in radical Muslim cleric Anwar all -- -- Has been killed in Yemen Yemeni government also releasing an official statement confirming the death.
He was targeted and killed five miles from the town of -- chef in the province of all -- The operation was launched on Friday around 9:55.
AM local time that's Yemeni time.
This is the most prominent al-Qaeda figure to be killed since his sound and Laden's death.
And now people are going to be analyzing this all day long for more on all lucky -- -- turn now to our own -- -- -- Who joins us live from London with the very latest what can you tell us now -- -- Steve Bryan -- on the phone with our contacts on the ground in Yemen for the past.
Hour and a half or so and -- according to the Yemeni government officials.
He is dead on morrow all law He is dead in from our own fox sources two different sources coming from that.
US government's side they say is -- too.
So that sounds pretty good our information on the ground as you reported Gretchen at 9:55 AM Yemen time that's somewhat after midnight.
Eastern time Milwaukee was killed.
He was killed not we believe in his family hide hide out of Schable on the province to the east is on but but.
-- closer to the Saudi Arabian border.
An area that we have been told is a rugged tribal area just about forty miles from the Saudi Arabian border.
We -- close air contacts whether He was trying to flee from Yemen into Saudi Arabia but no that we believe that He was just hiding out.
-- -- Yemen military vehement defense ministry when they first came out with -- which report guys.
About an hour and ten minutes ago said it was -- that they were involved -- that they were the ones that that got him.
But contacts on both sides of this story both in the United States government as well as my own contacts.
Talking to Yemeni government officials say off the record this is not confirmed yet but off the record.
It could very well have been a US predator drone strike that is -- US government attack.
Presumably -- CI a drone which are are stationed in the area there had been.
Past attempts against a lucky.
But by the United States government using -- that strategy not going on the ground but from the air but again.
Just from sources on confirm this could very well have been US and engineered strike but again -- Yemen military saying that they in fact.
Did -- they have a lot to prove in this guys because their own government is under attack for about three or four different factions within Yemen Yemen like many other countries.
Through -- Arab world is under convulsion under riots and certainly.
The Yemeni military the Yemeni government like to say they're in control they're dealing but they're all Qaeda threat inside Yemen but again.
There have been many reports in the past a couple of months that that the US is seeing the turmoil in Yemen fearful of the threat from Milwaukee I decided to take things in their own hands and have stepped up.
Their own hunt for a locking including and attempted strike just after the capture and kill Osama bin Laden back in the back in the spring.
Apparently this is happening again now just a quick background for our viewers on a locking from our experience on the ground and we've talked to.
His father we've talked to other relatives would talk to people in contact with them.
He has in fact -- a cyber master of al-Qaeda involved with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
That's an important chapter of the main al-Qaeda group He has been the one on the Internet preaching from the Internet giving.
Direct instructions we believe to people who -- have been aiming at the United States including the Christmas underwear -- Detroit bomber.
In directly through the Internet back and forth talking to for example of Fort Hood shooter.
And inspirational way.
The very least several others including the Times Square bomber so this guy was -- of really big target and I United States government to list of terrorists -- and this guy appears to have been taken out today guys just quick question.
If He wasn't taken at a drone strike it does a body -- do we have to worry about that body and attack the burial like we did with bin Laden.
So -- absolutely no right.
Brian that was my first follow up question to my contacts on the ground -- where is -- first of all what is the hard confirm identification of it where is the body and and what are we doing with that body and so far.
It is Friday prayers today so we -- Yemeni government officials are kind of out of contact in this time period but we should get some information on that in the next -- so that is very important what is it interesting is that they strike happened.
A 140 miles to the east of the capital -- I'm not farther away so presumably.
If it happened at 9:35 AM possibly.
That body might be en route to the capital Sauna but again it's speculation at this point guest -- great -- cut -- his life.
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