Awlaki video urges U.S. Muslims to join al Qaeda

DUBAI Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:36pm EST

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location in this still image taken from video released by on September 30, 2011. REUTERS/

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, gives a religious lecture in an unknown location in this still image taken from video released by on September 30, 2011.

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DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S.-born al Qaeda militant Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a CIA drone strike in September, posthumously called on U.S. Muslims to join the group in the Middle East in a video released on Tuesday.

Awlaki, identified by U.S. intelligence as "chief of external operations" for al Qaeda's Yemeni branch and a Web-savvy publicist for the Islamist cause, was killed in a remote Yemeni town by missiles fired from multiple CIA drones.

"You have two choices: either hijra (emigration) or jihad (holy war)," Awlaki said in the video, which was posted on Islamist websites.

"I specifically invite the youth to either fight in the West or join their brothers in the fronts of jihad: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.

"I invite them to join us in our new front, Yemen, the base from which the great jihad of the Arabian Peninsula will begin, the base from which the greatest army of Islam will march forth," said Awlaki, a cleric of Yemeni descent, speaking in English.

Awlaki was implicated in a failed attempt by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner in 2009, and he had contacts with an American army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at a U.S. military base the same year.

The video included a message to the American people issued by Awlaki in March 2010. But the SITE monitoring service, which tracks jihadist statements, said Awlaki's call to join al Qaeda abroad had not appeared on that tape, although it has since been referred to in an online magazine of al Qaeda's Yemeni wing.


In November, New York police arrested a follower of Awlaki on suspicion of building a pipe bomb to use against U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eloquent in English and Arabic, Awlaki encouraged attacks on the United States and was seen as a man who could draw in more al Qaeda recruits from Western countries.

In Boston, a jury on Tuesday found a Massachusetts man guilty of supporting al Qaeda by translating Arabic messages and supporting militants travelling to Yemen for training.

In Yemen, gunmen shot dead an intelligence officer in the southern province of Lahej, a security official told Reuters, adding that al Qaeda was believed to be responsible.

Separately, security forces arrested seven alleged al Qaeda members who were planning attacks on government installations and officials in the south, the Defence Ministry said.

The men were detained in the town of Ataq, near Abyan province, where militants linked to al Qaeda have seized swathes of territory and challenged a peace accord aimed at pulling the poor country away from civil war.

The deal, brokered by Yemen's richer Gulf neighbors, aims to end a political crisis in which protests have raged for 11 months of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia shares U.S. fears that more instability in Yemen could embolden al Qaeda militants there - seen by Washington as the group's most dangerous branch - in a country sitting next to oil shipping routes.

Since Saleh handed over his powers to his deputy under the Gulf peace accord, a new government headed by an opposition leader has been formed. A presidential election is set to be held in February.

Apart from Islamist militants, the new government is facing challenges from a southern separatist movement and a Shi'ite Muslim rebellion in the north.

(Reporting by Firouz Sedarat; Additional reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf in Aden)

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Comments (7)
toby3061 wrote:
Some will…that’s a given.

Dec 20, 2011 4:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
brianu wrote:
When you say “U.S. Intelligence” says something you could also do some of the more glazed-over among us a favor if you would include a note that the article is a psychological terror operation on the US citizenry.

Awlaki continues to part of the stated strategy of ‘full spectrum dominance’ where an Evil Empire controls the ‘terror threat’ by being it. Info on his agency has been made available, like how Awlaki was meeting people at the Pentagon (as reported by FauxNews). These videos are able to appear out of nowhere — somehow untraceable– but the second an American posts some such rubbish or just copy written music they can be banned and visited by Secret Service.

Would you sickos, including the CIA-tool media and all it’s willful bloodthirsty hypnotees please stop being terrorists yourselves by manufacturing and reacting against these manufactured threats, all without regard to the actual facts that would expose who’s really behind it? And while you’re at it: please do stop supporting the creation of actual vengeance vacuums by killing so many in the “honor” killings performed by the military and drones and false flag bombings you perpetrate to bring about your desired outcomes however justified you think they are. It’s making us very angry. Thank you!

Dec 20, 2011 4:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OneOfTheSheep wrote:

Much as exterminators for roaches, etc., “vengeance vacuums” make our world a better place.

If you believe your wishes or anger matter, you’re quite mistaken. You’re welcome!

Dec 20, 2011 5:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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