Samir Khan, the US citizen and enemy propagandist who was largely responsible for al Qaeda’s magazine “Inspire” (see Know Your Enemy), was reported killed in the same drone strike that killed US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
Posted: Sep 30, 2011 9:28 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2011 11:03 AM EDT
SANAA, Yemen (WBTV) – A Charlotte man who ran the al-Qaida newsletter from Yemen was killed in a drone attack that also took out a prominent cleric Friday.
Khan, from Charlotte, just published a new issue of al-Qaeda's online magazine earlier this week. WBTV was the first to report about Khan in 2008 and at the time Khan began criticizing WBTV.
In addition to Khan, the U.S. airstrike Friday also killed American-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
Khan, who was 22-years-old in 2008, was of Pakistani heritage from Charlotte who produced “Inspire,” an English-language Web magazine which spread al-Qaida ideology and promoted attacks against U.S. targets, even running articles on how to put together explosives.
Khan was living in Yemen and his main article in the latest issue dealt with American media.
In an earlier issue, Khan wrote that he had moved to Yemen and joined al-Qaida's fighters, pledging to “wage jihad for the rest of our lives.”
In the latest issue — out on Tuesday — he wrote that America “failed to respond” to al-Qaeda's propaganda their videos and books and other productions. By not responding, Khan says this gives al-Qaeda an edge.
What he doesn't say in his article is that federal officials know about these magazines and videos, but are choosing not to debate.
WBTV's Molly Grantham uncovered Khan's involvement in 2008. At the time, Samir Khan, responded by using his website to criticize WBTV.
He wrote that WBTV was spreading lies about his website and he claimed to have never before seen the video footage we found in attached links to his site.
In 2008, Khan called the WBTV reporting “useless” and a way to try and get ratings.
When Khan was in Charlotte he refused to answer WBTV's questions.
When discovered by WBTV, Khan worked at the McAlpine Park location of Convergys Corporation. Convergys is a firm that other companies hire to take care of customer care, H-R and billing services.
Soon after WBTV stories aired, Khan stopped working at Convergys.
His parents had sent word to us in the past they didn't support their son's anti-American beliefs.
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- Bill Warner P.I.: FOX NEWS REPORTS That al-Qaeda Inspire Magazine Editor Samir Khan Has Been Killed With Anwar al-Awlaki.