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Two Australians killed in US drone strike

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Australian officials revealed today that the US military did not forewarn them about a planned attack in Yemen that killed two Australian men.

Townsville man Christopher Harvard was one of two accused Muslim extremists killed in the US Predator drone strike on November 19 last year.

“There was no Australian involvement in, or prior awareness of, the operation,” a spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs told of the attack, which killed five people.

According to, a senior counterterrorism source has described the men as “foot soldiers” for al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Mr Harvard reportedly converted to the Muslim faith several years ago, moving to Yemen two years ago to teach English and further his faith.

The second man killed in the attack is believed to be Abu Habib al Yemeni, who held dual-citizenship with New Zealand and Australia.

Mr Harvard was buried in Yemen last week after family members were unable to gain government permission to have his body transported home.