Newspaper review: American-born Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone attack

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UAE newspaper review

The killing of Al Qaeda in Yemen leader in a US drone attack is a big talking point in today’s newspapers.

Khaleej Times reported the air raid caused a double blow to Al-Qaeda as both Anwar Al-Awlaki, an American-born radical cleric, and Samir Khan, editor of an Al-Qaeda magazine, were killed by the CIA while travelling in a convoy. The paper quoted Obama praising the attacks and vowing to be relentless in destroying ‘global terror networks’.

An independent journalist from Al-Awlaki’s hometown told Gulf News that the most wanted man was last seen in Ramadan (last month) without confirming or denying the US report.

The National has raised the question of killing an American citizen who was not charged with any crime. The US government has been condemned by civil liberty groups for extra-judicially executing an American citizen.

GAS HIKE, CENSUS

Khaleej Times reported the new fixed price of AED20 for 11kg gas cylinder in Ras Al-Khaimah, Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman emirates. The paper quoted a government official as saying that many of the families used to buy the 11kg cylinder for as much as AED85.

The National said a comprehensive census began in Abu Dhabi emirate in which Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) teams are distributing paper forms to ask particulars of citizens residing in the emirate. The census teams equipped with tablet computers will start knocking on doors from Tuesday to collect detailed information.

In a separate development, UAE Vice President Sheikh Mohammad has issued a decree scrapping the Ministry of Social Affairs’ decision to scale back social assistance. He also ordered the formation of a new committee to oversee the social aid directives.

EDITORIALS

Today’s Gulf News editorial urged US to weigh Pakistan’s true sacrifice it has made since the American invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. The editor insisted that Washington must stop looking for a scapegoat for its failure to tackle the insurgency in Afghanistan which is spearheaded by the Taliban. The article quoted Pakistani foreign minister’s claim that 30,000 Pakistanis have lost their lives in the past decade including around 10,000 security personnel. “If this is not sufficient proof of teamwork then what else must Pakistan do in order to get a clean character certificate’ from the US?” the editorial questioned.

The National argued that elections are the first solution for Egypt’s reforms in the post-Mubarak era. The article reported that the People’s Assembly will be chosen between 28 November to 10 January while the voting for the Shura Council will the place from 29 January till 11 March. Both houses will convene on 17 March. The editor noted that Muslim Brotherhood is proving to be ‘less monolithic’. The editorial suggested that constitutional changes should carefully take military’s power into consideration and the huge stake it holds in the Egyptian economy.

In an unusual editorial, the Khaleej Times’ editor welcomed the death of Al-Qaeda affiliated Yemeni-born American cleric Anwar Al Awlaki without taking the extra-judicial killing of a American citizen by the US government aspect into consideration. “Awlakis death is a major achievement for both Yemen and the United States,” the editor declared while adding that he was involved in a number of terror attacks, recruited terrorists and planned operations internationally which made him a high value target. The article said embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is likely to exploit this feat to get international support to stay on in power, given his ability to deliver in the fight against terrorism.

By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette

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