Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement on the successful operation against leaders of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula:
"All Americans together with people across the Arabian Peninsula and the wider Middle East feel a sense of relief and additional security with the news of a joint U.S.-Yemen intelligence initiative that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the leader of external operations for Al Qaeda in the peninsula, and several other of the terrorist group's operatives -- including Samir Khan, co-editor of an Al Qaeda online publication that plays a prominent role in recruiting English-speakers to terrorism. Awlaki was a dual U.S. and Yemeni national. Khan, also a U.S. citizen, had boasted that he was 'proud to be a traitor to America.'
"President Barack Obama has rightly called this imminently successful operation 'a major blow to al-Qaeda's most active operational affiliate.' Gone are operatives who planned numerous operations to kill innocent citizens of the United States and other countries. Awlaki had direct links to the person who committed the mass killings at Ft. Hood, the attempted Christmas Day bombing of an American airliner landing in Detroit, and other attacks.
"Once again, President Obama and his national security team have demonstrated strength, relentlessness, determination, and precision in pursuing the goal he set upon taking office of destroying and dismantling the terrorist network responsible for 9/11. I congratulate the President, our intelligence services, and our military for another success. Every American should applaud the Administration's ability to maintain military and intelligence cooperation in spite of the extraordinarily difficult political circumstances in Yemen."