The Yemen Defense Ministry reported early Friday morning that U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who used the Internet to recruit English-speaking radicals, has been killed along with some of his bodyguards in Yemen.

No details were immediately given.

Yemeni security officials told the Associated Press that al-Awlaki was killed in an airstrike that targeted an al-Qaida convoy on Friday morning.

President Barack Obama is expected to comment on the Awlaki kill when he speaks Friday morning at the swearing-in of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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