Most Successful Drone Strike Ever: Were Three Al Qaeda Leaders Killed?

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The advertisement used as its background an image of Grand Central Station with U.S. security officials said in a law enforcement bulletin could have been "an allusion to the continued interest of extremists in general of targeting New York City for terrorist attacks."

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told reporters the U.S. was safer now that al-Awlaki had been killed.

"We had always had a tremendous concern that after getting bin Laden, someone like al-Awlaki was a primary target because of his continuing efforts to plan attacks against the United States," he said. "This has been a bad year for terrorists."

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