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Imam’s Path From Condemning Terror to Preaching Jihad
WASHINGTON — In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, the eloquent 30-year-old imam of a mosque outside Washington became a go-to Muslim cleric for reporters scrambling to explain Islam. He condemned the mass murder, invited television crews to follow him around and patiently explained the rituals of his religion.
“We came here to build, not to destroy,” the cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, said in a sermon. “We are the bridge between Americans and one billion Muslims worldwide.”
At first glance, it seemed plausible that this lanky, ambitious man, with the scholarly wire-rims and equal command of English and Arabic, could indeed be such a bridge. CD sets of his engaging lectures on the Prophet Muhammad were in thousands of Muslim homes. American-born, he had a sense of humor, loved deep-sea fishing, had dabbled in get-rich-quick investment schemes and dropped references to “Joe Sixpack” into his sermons. A few weeks before the attacks he had preached in the United States Capitol.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
With ties to the Ft Hood shooter, the underwear bomber and most recently the suspect in the Times Square failed car bomb, the NYTimes presents a lengthy bio on al-Awlaki.
Suspected of hiding in Yemen, how long until we hear the news of the end of this person?
WASHINGTON - In what probably can be seen as the strongest message to Pakistan since the failed Times Square bombing plot, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of ’severe consequences’ if a successful terror attack is traced back to that country.
In an interview with the CBS, which would be aired on Sunday, Clinton said that though Pakistan’s attitude towards Islamic terrorism has changed in the recent past, it still needs to take far more stringent measures to quell militancy emanating from its soil.
“We’ve made it very clear that if, heaven-forbid, an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences,” Clinton warned.
“We’ve gotten more cooperation and it’s been a real sea change in the commitment we’ve seen from the Pakistan Government. But we want more. We expect more,” she added.
SANA'A, May 10 (Saba) – Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi has said that Yemen would not hand Anwar al-Awlaki to the U.S.
The man the U.S. wants to be extradited will stand trial in Yemen under the national law, the minister said in an interview with the Kuwaiti Al-Dar Newspaper.
We have clearly said that because of his recent terrorist activity, al-Awlaki is now wanted by the Yemeni government; hence, he must be tried in case he is convicted in his homeland but never by other governments, he added.
Yemen's position over handing the man to the U.S. is clear and firm because we refuse to hand our people to other countries, he affirmed.
And I wonder how long after that first time we hear news of the end of this person a second, or perhaps even third time?
Who is Anwar al-Awlaki?
President Obama has recently approved the targeted assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist Muslim cleric who corresponded with Maj. Nidal Hasan prior to the Fort Hood shootings and whose teachings may have inspired both the "Underwear Bomber" and Time Square suspect Faisal Shahzad (who's described himself as an al-Awlaki "fan"). Today, Al-Awlaki is believed to be plotting against the U.S. from a hideout in Yemen. Here, a backgrounder on the man that Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) says is "terrorist No. 1 in terms of threat against us":
US-born Islamic cleric warns new attacks on Americans
US-born radical Islamic cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a new video has warned of new attacks against Americans home and abroad.
The White House immediately termed him as a murderous thug.
"The (US) President will continue to take action directly at terrorists like Awlaki and keep our country safe from their murderous thugs," the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, told the CBS news in an interview soon after a new video of Awlaki appeared.
We are actively trying to find him and many others throughout the world that seek to do our country and to do our interests great harm, Gibbs said.
"I think Awlaki is, despite telling the world he's a cleric, you see on a videotape that he supports al-Qaeda's agenda of murder and violence," he added.