2nd U.S. jihadist reported dead in drone attack

Samir Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani heritage and formerly a resident of Charlotte, N.C., was reported killed in the CIA-directed drone strike in Yemen that also killed U.S.-born cleric and al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki. WBTV

Last Updated 10:55 a.m. ET

SANAA, Yemen - U.S. and Yemeni officials said an American citizen who produced propaganda for al Qaeda was killed in the CIA-directed drone attack that killed U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Samir Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani heritage who previously lived in North Carolina, and published Inspire, an English-language web magazine which spread al Qaeda ideology and promoted attacks against U.S. targets.

U.S. officials said Khan, from North Carolina, was in the convoy carrying al-Awlaki that was struck.

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In an earlier issue of Inspire, Khan wrote that he had moved to Yemen and joined al Qaeda's fighters, pledging to "wage jihad for the rest of our lives," reports CBS Affiliate WBTV.

In 2008 Khan - then living in Charlotte, N.C. - ran a jihadist website, "The Ignored Puzzle Pieces of Knowledge."

WBTV correspondent Molly Grantham uncovered Khan's involvement in the site, prompting Khan to write the station, accusing WBTV of spreading lies.

Khan claimed never to have seen the video footage linked from his site, and called WBTV's reporting "useless."

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