Video confirms Yemen cleric`s ties to Qaeda: IntelCenter
Radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has appeared in a video apparently produced by al Qaeda`s Yemen-based arm, confirming his ties with the organisation, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
Dubai: Radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar
al-Awlaki has appeared in a video apparently produced by
al Qaeda`s Yemen-based arm, confirming his ties with the
organisation, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
"While (Awlaki) had been supportive of groups in the
past, he has until now never been publicly connected to a
group through its official messages," US monitoring group
The video "release firmly ties Awlaki to AQAP
(al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula)," IntelCenter said.
The footage appears "authentic and bears the markings
of AQAP`s official video arm, Al-Malahim Media," the group
Qatar based Al-Jazeera television reported on its
website today that Awlaki, whose killing has been approved by
Washington, in the video accused the US administration of
trying to sow sedition in Yemen.
Al-Jazeera said he accused the United States of
planning to create "Sahwa" or local tribal militias, the
Arabic name for US-backed "Awakening" forces formed by Sunni
tribesmen in Iraq to fight al Qaeda.
"The people of the country would then fight each
other, and the Americans would watch them," an article on the
satellite channel`s website quoted Awlaki as saying in the
Awlaki also praised Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army
psychiatrist accused of opening fire on colleagues at Fort
Hood, Texas, killing 13, and Nigerian Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab, who is accused of trying to blow up a
Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day.
"I am honoured to have people like Nidal Hasan as my
students, while brother Umar Farouk is also one of my
students, and I am honoured," he said.
According to Al-Jazeera, Awlaki also said that US
Central Command chief General David Petraeus had visited Yemen
"to deal with a certain reality in the Muslim world after the
US army had difficult experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan."