good evening. i'm
, in tonight for brian. tonight one of america's most wanted terrorists is dead. his name may not have been as well known as
osama bin laden
's, but officials say
al-awlaki was just as dangerous. an american-born citizen who later joined
, if you ask top u.s. officials to name the terrorist they were most worried about in recent years he would be at the top of the list. from
officials say he planned some of the terror plots from the botched
underwear bombing to the massacre at ft. hood to an attempted car bomb in
. he was killed in
by a u.s.
joins us with the latest. good evening.
al-awlaki was considered so dangerous,
put him on the u.s. kill or capture list. the only american to be specifically targeted by
war against al qaeda
. [ speaking in a
al-awlaki the american-born cleric, the most serious terrorist threat to america.
said al-awlaki's death dealt a major blow to
al-awlaki was the leader of external operations for
. in that role he took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder innocent americans.
u.s. officials tell nbc news that based on recent intelligence the cia and
have been closely tracking al-awlaki for weeks. today, the americans zeroed in on al-awlaki, traveling in a two-vehicle convoy through
. as many as three missiles fired from american drones slammed into the convoy, destroying the vehicles and killing al-awlaki and six others, including another american, samir khan, editor for
's online propaganda magazine, "inspire" and ibrahim al asiri, but officials say al-awlaki was the brains behind repeated attempts to attack the u.s. home land. the jet liner over detroit and the attempt to blow cargo planes out of the sky with explosives hidden in
cartridges in october
this country is much safer as a result of the loss of al-awlaki.
al-awlaki's ability to inspire and recruit potential terrorists was considered his most
al-awlaki was by far the most effective communicator
al-awlaki was the inspiration between army major nadal hassan's shooting spree that killed 14 soldiers and a failed attempt by the so-called
times square bombing
. terrorism experts fear, even in death, hundreds of his internet postings could breed potential terrorists at home.
given the fact that so many of his recorded sermons are out there, that he's a powerful icon he may be as much trouble dead as he was alive.
in some respects u.s. officials consider al-awlaki a more insidious threat than
osama bin laden
himself and fear that a
may be lurking somewhere in the u.s. preparing to retaliate. savannah?
at the pentagon. thank you.