Farekh eventually drew the attention of U.S. intelligence, and was added to the Pentagon’s “kill list” in 2013. However, Farekh’s U.S. citizenship obviously complicated matters when it came to the decision of whether or not to authorize a plan to kill him.
Al-Awlaki was also a U.S. citizen. President Obama’s decision to authorize a drone strike killing al-Awlaki drew significant criticism and questions as to the legality of such a drastic decision.
Like many of his ilk, Farekh took harbor in the lawless region of North Waziristan in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area (or FATA). He would eventually be captured during a Pakistani military raid in the region in early 2015, after which he was transferred to U.S. custody. He is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York.
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