The US military psychiatrist who was charged earlier this month with the murder of 13 people in a shooting attack expressed an interest in killing troops a year before the incident occurred, AFP reported on Thursday evening, citing an Al-Jazeera report.
Controversial imam Anwar al-Awlaki told the Arab news agency that Maj. Nidal Hasan had sent him e-mails asking about Islam's stance on the murder of US soldiers and Israelis.
"He asked about killing American soldiers and officers and whether that was legitimate or not," Awlaqi was quoted as saying. "I didn't recruit Nidal Hasan and in fact America recruited him with its crimes and injustices and that is something that America does not want to recognize."
Now living in Yemen, the US-born Awlaqi had once served as the imam of the Virginia mosque where the perpetrators of the 9/11 terror attacks attended prayers.