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Federal panel orders release of memo justifying 2011 drone strike

A federal appeals court ordered the Justice Department on Monday to release parts of a memorandum that provided the legal justification for the 2011 drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who joined al Qaeda.

From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the three-judge panel voted unanimously for the memo’s release, which reversed a lower court’s decision.

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