THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 08, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The U.S. State Department is offering the government's condolences to a North Carolina family whose son became an al-Qaida propagandist and was killed in a drone attack in Yemen.
The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday the call came nearly a week after 25-year-old Samir Khan was killed along with cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. Both men were American citizens.
Family spokesman Jibril Hough said a State Department official called Khan's father Zafar on Thursday, a day after the family released a statement condemning Khan's extra-judicial "assassination."
State Department spokesman Harry Edwards confirmed the call to Khan's family but declined to offer details.
Khan authored a radical blog while living in Charlotte, then left to join al-Qaida and produce its English-language online magazine.