American Samir Khan killed in U.S. attack in Yemen along with Awlaki

Charlotte ObserverSeptember 30, 2011 

Samir Khan, who left his northeast Charlotte home for Yemen and became editor of an al Qaida-linked web magazine, was among the militants reported killed Friday in a U.S. air strike in Yemen.

Yemen's Defense Ministry announced that Khan, 25, was killed in the same strike that claimed Anwar al-Awlaki, also an American militant. Al-Awlaki, 40, was considered one of the top figures in the terrorist group's network.

Khan spent his early years in New York but moved to Charlotte with his family in 2004.

He attended CPCC and wrote a militant blog while a student there. That blog, titled "Inshallahshaheed," or "a martyr soon if God wills," was the first of several blogs he edited while living with his parents in northeast Charlotte.

National Public Radio reported a year ago that the FBI was preparing to bring terrorist charges against Khan, although FBI officials in the Charlotte area said they could not comment on the reports.

After moving to Yemen, apparently two or three years ago, he began producing "Inspire," an English-language magazine for al Qaida. At the time, Khan wrote that he "pledged to wage jihad for the rest of our lives."

The magazine included articles on how to conduct terrorist attacks in the United States. The most recent edition of the magazine focused on the U.S. media.

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