US freezes assets of suspected Al Qaida leader

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 16, 2010 21:23

The US government on Friday approved financial sanctions against Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi who has been identified as a leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The Treasury Department has now frozen Awlaqi's financial assets.

Awlaqi is wanted by US authorities for his role in a plot to blow up a A Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines plan on Christmas Day.

"Anwar al-Awlaqi has proven that he is extraordinarily dangerous, committed to carrying out deadly attacks on Americans and others worldwide," Stuart Levey, the head of Treasury's sanctions department, was quoted by AFP as saying.

The Obama administration has already authorized the targeted killing of Awlaqi, who is an American citizen.


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