The family of Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born al-Qaeda operative killed in a CIA drone strike, has released the Colorado birth certificate of his son in response to reports that the teenager was actually a twenty-something militant when he was killed last week.
The document, released to The Washington Post, shows that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was born on Aug. 26, 1995, in Denver to his father, who was born in New Mexico, and Gihan Mohsen Baker, an Egyptian.
The spelling of the family name on the birth certificate is Aulaqi, but most American news organizations use the spelling Awlaki.
Abdulrahman Awlaki was the third American killed in Yemen in the past three weeks in U.S. airstrikes. His family has said that he was a noncombatant and was with a group of other teenagers when the group was targeted.
Awlaki’s father, Anwar, was killed late last month in a CIA drone attack. Samir Khan, an al-Qaeda propagandist from North Carolina, died alongside him.
The elder Awlaki was described by President Obama as the chief of “external operations” for al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The family rejected that characterization and said he was not a “militant.”
A fourth American was killed in 2002 in Yemen in a U.S. attack. That CIA drone strike targeted Abu Ali al-Harithi, a Yemeni accused of planning the 2000 al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole. Kamal Derwish, an American, was in Harithi’s vehicle but he was not the target of the attack.