Judge: Government's position in suit over killing of US-born al-Qaida cleric 'disconcerting'

A federal judge finds "disconcerting" the Obama administration's position that courts have no role in a lawsuit over drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen.

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer made the comment Friday at a hearing on the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The suit was filed by relatives of the three men killed in the drone strikes.

Collyer didn't say how she would rule on the motion. But she repeatedly expressed concerns about the government's arguments.

U.S.-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki (ahn-WAHR' al-aw-LAH'-kee) and al-Qaida propagandist Samir Khan were killed in a drone strike in September 2011. Al-Awlaki's son, Abdulrahman, was killed the following month.