On September 30, a United States drone strike in northern Yemen killed Anwar al-Aulaqi, an influential and American-born member of al-Qaeda. Al-Aulaqi is believed to have inspired several successful and attempted terrorist attacks, including the Fort Hood shooting in 2009 and the Times Square bomb attempt in 2010.
There is a great deal of debate about the legal and policy implications of the strike. Some have argued that killing al-Aulaqi significantly increased American security, while others argue that it will have little long-term effect because it does nothing to address the growing radicalization in Yemen. Similarly, while some argue that President Obama did not have the Constitutional authority to kill al-Aulaqi or that the strike violated international law, others argue that the strike was both legal and justified.