US Tried to Kill al-Qaeda's Awlaki in Yemen Drone strike yesterday missed target By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted May 6, 2011 5:05 PM CDT 9 comments Comments Anwar al-Awlaki speaks in a video message last year. (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group) (Newser) – The US nearly had an ever bigger week against terrorism leaders: A drone strike in Yemen yesterday was meant to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric who has emerged as a top al-Qaeda leader, reports the Wall Street Journal. The missile did not hit its target, US and Yemeni officials tell the newspaper. Awlaki, who runs al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and Osama bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahri are tops on US wanted lists. Click to read al-Qaeda's vow to revenge bin Laden's killing.