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Drone kills former Glendale resident

Samir Khan dies in bombing that killed al Qaeda leader in Yemen

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Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 2:05 pm, Thu Oct 13, 2011.

Samir Khan left few apparent traces of his life as a youth in Glendale.

Khan, 25, was the editor of an online English-language al Qaeda magazine that preached jihad and supported violence against Americans and American interests.

He was killed on Sept. 30 in a U.S. predator drone attack in Yemen that was targeting and ultimately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a suspected mastermind of several terror attacks.

Various published reports state that Khan was born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents. They came to the United States in connection with his father’s profession as a technology executive.

Khan was an American citizen at the time of his death.

The family moved to North Carolina in 2004 after Khan had begun to embrace radical Islam, and moved to Yemen in 2009. It was there that he began to edit the online magazine named “Inspire.”

If Khan attended public high school, he probably attended Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood. Calls to the school seeking any information on his possible time there were not returned.

A staffer at the Glendale branch of the Queens Public Library said they did not carry Grover Cleveland yearbooks which might have carried some information.

An inquiry with the NYPD’s deputy commissioner of public information turned up no immediate evidence that Khan had ever risen on the department’s radar.

While Khan had become a citizen, Awlaki was an American, born in New Mexico.

He is suspected of having ties to numerous attacks and attempted attacks against U.S. citizens. He is believed to have corresponded with Maj. Nadal Hasan, who killed 13 people and wounded nearly 30 others in an attack at Fort Hood in Texas in November 2009.

He also is believed to have ties to Umar Abdulmutallab, the so-called “Underwear Bomber” who tried to blow up a passenger jet on Christmas Day 2009.

Critics have questioned the legality of the United States targeting an American citizen for death in a foreign country without trial.

The Obama Administration says the Justice Department has found such targeted attacks to be legal.

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