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