Radical Yemeni-US imam Awlaki in new Internet video

Last Updated: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 09:05

Sana`a: A new video featuring wanted radical Yemeni-US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was posted on the Al-Shammukh jihadist Internet website.

Awlaki, believed to be holed up in a tribal area of the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state of Yemen, is considered a dangerous "terrorist" by the US government.

In April, a US official said President Barack Obama`s administration had authorised the targeted killing of Awlaki, after American intelligence agencies concluded the Muslim cleric was directly involved in anti-US plots.

In July, Washington said Awlaki was a key leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), placing him on its list of terrorism supporters, freezing his financial assets and banning any transactions with him.

Born in the southwestern US state of New Mexico, Awlaki, 39, rose to prominence last year after he was linked a US Army major who shot dead 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, and to a Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight on December 25.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 09:05

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