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Al-Qaida confirms killing of US-born cleric

CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Qaida's Yemeni offshoot has confirmed the killing of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki late last month.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula said in a statement posted on Islamist extremist websites Monday that al-Awlaki was killed by an American airstrike, along with three other militants, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist websites.

AQAP vowed to avenge the men's deaths.

The 40-year-old al-Awlaki was the most prominent al-Qaida figure to be killed since Osama bin Laden's death in a U.S. raid in Pakistan in May. He had been in the U.S. crosshairs since his killing was approved by President Barack Obama in April 2010 -- making him the first American placed on the CIA "kill or capture" list.