US citizens and al Qaeda members Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan wanted to attack the US before they were killed by a 2011 CIA drone strike in Yemen.
For the first time, documents obtained by VICE News show that the FBI knew radical US blogger Samir Khan was planning on fleeing to Yemen.
Months before Samir Khan was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen, the FBI reached out to the Joint Special Operations Command about the radicalized North Carolina blogger.
While monitoring Samir Khan, a North Carolina resident who later fled to Yemen to join al Qaeda, FBI agents from around the country met to debate strategy.
While investigating Samir Khan, the North Carolina blogger who was eventually killed in a drone strike in Yemen, the FBI consulted 'The True Believer.'
Recently released documents show that before Samir Khan died in a September 2011 drone strike in Yemen, the FBI thought about using him as an informant.
A new batch of heavily redacted investigative files reveal that the FBI was concerned about the anti-American screeds Samir Khan posted to his blog.
In 2006, Samir Khan was advocating online for violent jihad from his parents' home in North Carolina. Five years later, he was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen.
Samir Khan on creating Attic Salt with Arcade Fire's drummer Jeremy Gara and the help of Germany.