More from the wonderful world of Islam. Remember, this was the go-to
imam that the media went to (the "moderate" imam) for things Islam
right after 911.
Devout Muslim Awlaki also provided succor and Islamic spiritual guidance to the Fort Hood jihadi, the Christmas balls bomber, and the Times Square deadly car bomber — and that's what we know of.
"Al Qaeda" arabic translation of centcom or head quarters. The armed military wing of Islam.
CAIRO (AP) — An American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet
are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the U.S. has advocated
killing of American civilians in an al-Qaida video released Sunday.
Anwar al-Awlaki has been singled out by U.S.
officials as a key
terrorist threat and has reportedly been added to the CIA's list of
assassination despite his American citizenship. He is of particular
because he is one of the few English-speaking radical clerics able to
young Muslims in America and other Western countries the philosophy of
The U.S.-born al-Awlaki moved to Yemen in 2004 and is
there after being linked to the suspects in the November shooting at an
base in Fort Hood, Texas, and the December attempt to blow up a U.S.
bound for Detroit.
"Those who might be killed in a plane are merely a
water in a sea," he said in the video in response to a question about
groups that disapproved of the airliner plot because it targeted
Al-Awlaki used the 45-minute video to justify
civilian deaths —
and encourage them — by accusing the United States of intentionally
million Muslim civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
American civilians are to blame, he said, because
people, in general, are taking part in this and they elected this
and they are financing the war."
The video was produced by the media arm of al-Qaida
Arabian Peninsula, though the exact nature of al-Awlaki's ties with the
and possible direct role in it are unclear. The U.S. says he is an
participant in the group, though members of his tribe have denied that.
For its part, al-Qaida appears to be trying to make
use of his
recruiting power by putting him in its videos. Its media arm said
was its first interview with the cleric.
In the months before the Fort Hood shooting, which
people, al-Awlaki exchanged e-mails with the alleged attacker, U.S. Maj.
Malik Hasan. Hasan initiated the contacts, drawn by al-Awlaki's Internet
sermons, and approached him for religious advice.
Yemen's government says al-Awlaki is also suspected
contacts with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused in the
attempt to blow up the Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.
traveled to Yemen late last year, and U.S. investigators say he told
he received training and his bomb from Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot.
In Sunday's video, al-Awlaki praised both men and
them as his "students."
Speaking of Hasan, the cleric said, "What he did was
and great. … I ask every Muslim serving in the U.S. Army to follow
Al-Awlaki appears in the video wearing a white
turban and with a traditional jambiyah dagger tucked into his waistband.
The 38-year-old al-Awlaki spent years in the U.S. as
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