Wednesday, August 26, 2015, would have been Abdulrahman Awlaki’s 20th birthday.
Instead, he was killed in 2011, by a CIA drone strike in Yemen, a country which the US had not declared war on. The American teenager had been staying with his grandparents in Yemen when he ran away from their home to try to find his father, Anwar, who was a known target of the US drone assassination program.
After learning that his father had been killed in a drone strike at the end of September, Abdulrahman made plans to head home but decided to wait a little while for the current political instability to die down. On October 14, Abdulrahman was eating at an outdoor restaurant with his cousin when a US drone launched a missile that killed them and several other civilians.