Anwar al-Awlaki

1971 - 2011

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Anwar Nasser al-Awlaki (also spelled al-Aulaqi, al-Awlaqi; Arabic: أنور العولقي‎, romanized: Anwar al-‘Awlaqī; April 21 or 22, 1971 – September 30, 2011) was a Yemeni-American imam who was killed in 2011 in Yemen by an American drone strike ordered by President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki became the first U.S. citizen to be targeted and killed by a U.S. drone strike without the rights of due process being afforded. US government officials argued that Awlaki was a key organizer for the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda, and in June 2014, a previously classified memorandum issued by the U.S. Department of Justice was released, justifying al-Awlaki's death as a lawful act of war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anwar al-Awlaki has received more than 2,590,698 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Anwar al-Awlaki is the 196th most popular extremist (down from 167th in 2019), the 12,240th most popular biography from United States (down from 8,601st in 2019) and the 66th most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, Anwar al-Awlaki ranks 196 out of 205Before him are Abu Mohammad al-Julani, Karla Homolka, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Yang Xinhai, Ziad Jarrah, and Baitullah Mehsud. After him are Seung-Hui Cho, Hamza bin Laden, Beverley Allitt, Amy Fisher, Ajmal Kasab, and Colin Pitchfork.

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Among people born in 1971, Anwar al-Awlaki ranks 534Before him are Anja Karliczek, Justin Chancellor, Ze'ev Elkin, Charlie Brooker, Nigel Godrich, and Alphonse Tchami. After him are Naoko Mori, Kazuaki Tasaka, Neil Lennon, Taye Diggs, Tanoka Beard, and Patrik Ćavar. Among people deceased in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki ranks 406Before him are Dan Wheldon, Samuel Wanjiru, Kārlis Skrastiņš, Gary Winick, Mălina Olinescu, and Jani Lane. After him are Vittorio Arrigoni, Andy Rooney, Ruslan Salei, Googie Withers, Jimmy Adamson, and Mark Hatfield.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Anwar al-Awlaki ranks 12,240 out of 15,968Before him are David Yost (1969), Jerome Apt (1949), Joely Fisher (1967), Jani Lane (1964), David Sedaris (1956), and Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1976). After him are Kathryn Newton (1997), Mark Warner (1954), Aries Merritt (1985), Jim Bridenstine (1975), Ryan Zinke (1961), and John Romita Jr. (1956).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, Anwar al-Awlaki ranks 66Before him are Mary Surratt (1823), John List (1925), John Hinckley Jr. (1955), Joseph Paul Franklin (1950), Ross Ulbricht (1984), and Robert Berdella (1949). After him are Amy Fisher (1974), Jared Fogle (1977), James Holmes (1987), and Omar Mateen (1986).