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Obama Praises Killing Of Al-Awlaki

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the killing of American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen "is a major blow to al-Qaida's most active operational affiliate."

Obama also says it "marks another significant milestone in the broader effort to defeat al'Qaida."

Al-Awlaki, a prominent figure in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said to have direct involvement in plots against the U.S., was killed early Friday in a strike on his convoy carried out by a joint operation of the CIA and the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, according to counterterrorism officials.

Obama spoke Friday at a retirement ceremony at Fort Myer, Va. for Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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