Dubai: An English-language al Qaeda magazine
in its first issue ran an article it said was penned by
US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki calling for the
execution of anyone who defames the Prophet Mohammed.
"The proper solution to this growing campaign of
defamation" of the prophet is "the execution of those
involved," reads the article in web magazine "Inspire," in a
text provided by the US monitoring service SITE on Sunday.
The article singles out Seattle-based cartoonist Molly
Norris, who satirically proposed to make May 20 an "Everybody
Draw Mohammed Day," although Islam bans the depiction of any
prophet as blasphemous.
"A cartoonist out of Seattle, Washington, named Molly
Norris started the `Everyone Draw Mohammed Day,`" the article
attributed to the radical Yemeni cleric says.
"She should be taken as a prime target of assassination,
along with others who participated in her campaign."
"The large number of participants makes it easier for us
because there are many targets to choose from," reads the
article in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula`s magazine.
The killings should not, however, be limited to "Draw
Mohammed" participants, the article says.
"Because (participants) are practising a `right` that is
defended by the law, they have the backing of the entire
Western political system. This would make ... attacking any
Western target legal from an Islamic viewpoint."
Awlaki, now based in Yemen, rose to prominence last year
after it emerged he had communicated by email with Major Nidal
Hasan, a US army psychiatrist accused of opening fire on
colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13.
The imam has also been linked to Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up
a Detroit-bound flight with explosives in his underwear on
A US official said in April that President Barack Obama`s
administration had authorised the targeted killing of Awlaki,
after American intelligence agencies concluded the cleric was
directly involved in anti-US plots.