Al-Awlaki advocates killing in new video

American-Yemeni cleric on CIA hit list, linked to 9/11, Fort Hood.

May 23, 2010 13:56
9/11 imam anwar al awlaki in Yemen

anwar al awlaki 311. (photo credit: AP)

An American-born cleric of Yemeni origin whose Internet sermons have helped inspire attacks on the US is advocating the killing of American civilians in a new al-Qaida video.

Anwar al-Awlaki has been singled out by US officials as a top terrorist threat and has reportedly been added to the CIA's list of targets for assassination despite his American citizenship.

The US-born Awlaki moved to Yemen in 2004 and is in hiding there after being linked to the suspects in recent terror attacks.

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In a video posted Sunday, Awlaki justifies civilian deaths by accusing Americans of intentionally killing a million Muslim civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Two of the 9/11 terrorists, as well as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the US officer who committed the Fort Hood massacre in which 12 were killed, attended the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, where Awlaki served as Imam. The planners of the USS Cole bombing also called Awlaki their spiritual guide.

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