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Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi

Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi aka Abu Ali al-Harithi (Arabic: أبو علي الحاريثي ) (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] He was killed by the CIA during a covert targeted killing mission in Yemen on November 3, 2002. The CIA used an Predator drone to shoot the Hellfire missile that killed al-Harithi and five other Al-Qaeda operatives as they rode in a vehicle Script error: No such module "convert". east of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.[2]

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".[3] It was also the first Predator attack outside of 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-Harithi and his traveling party a justifiable military target.[1][3] Nonetheless, the targeted killing of al-Harithi was the subject of debate on its legality.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pincus, Walter (November 6, 2002). "US missiles kill al Qaeda suspects". Washington Post (The Age). Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  2. "U.S. kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen". USA TODAY. Associated Press. November 5, 2002. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Priest, Dana (November 8, 2002). "U.S. Citizen Among Those Killed In Yemen Predator Missile Strike". Washington Post (The Tech). Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  4. 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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