Washington: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says the US is actively hunting American-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
The radical cleric is calling for the killing of American civilians, in a new video released Sunday by Yemen-based al-Qaeda offshoot, al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.
The White House spokesman says President Barack Obama will continue to take action directly against terrorists like al-Awlaki, and keep the US safe from what Gibbs calls "murderous thugs."
Senior administration officials say al-Awlaki is on a list of terrorists US forces are authorized to capture, or kill. His Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the US.
Gibbs appeared Sunday on CBS` "Face the Nation."