Al-Qaida cleric says Yemen will be Obama's Afghanistan

July 19, 2010 23:32

CAIRO — An al-Qaida-linked cleric, who was born in the US, has issued an English-language address to the American people warning them that President Barack Obama will mire US forces in Yemen just as Afghanistan.

The 13-minute audio message in English, appeared Monday on jihadi websites popular with al-Qaida and comes just days after the US Treasury Department put Anwar al-Awlaki on its list of "Specially Designated Global Terrorists."

In the message, al-Awlaki says that while George W. Bush "got America stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq...Obama wants to be remembered as the President who got America stuck in Yemen."

Al-Awlaki, who is on the run in Yemen, is believed to have had contacts with the accused bomber in the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a US airliner.

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