Anwar al-Awlaki

A federal appeals court has released a previously secret memo justifying U.S. drone strikes on U.S. citizens overseas.

FOX News Radio's Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington:

Al Qaeda leader and American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki died in a drone strike in Yemen in September 2011. The details of the operation have remained secret. But now, the United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit has released a memo, which the White House says outlines the legal justification for his targeted killing. In it, the Justice Department defends killing of Al-Awlaki on the argument that Congress authorized the use of force against al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks. The memo also calls al-Awlaki a "continued and imminent threat".

In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News Radio.

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