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Hasan ‘Mentor’ Killed In Raid In Yemen?

From a concerned Reuters:

Imam tied to Fort Hood shooter "killed" in Yemen raid

Thu Dec 24

SANAA (Reuters) – A radical Muslim preacher linked by U.S. intelligence to a gunman who killed 13 people at a U.S. Army base is believed to have died in a Yemen airstrike on al Qaeda militants, a security official said on Thursday.

"Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid)," said the Yemeni official, who asked not to be identified. Yemen said 30 militants were killed in the strike in the eastern province of Shabwa.

The gunman in the November 5 shooting at the Fort Hood, Texas army base, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, had contacts with Awlaki late last year, U.S. authorities believe.

But Al Jazeera has its doubts:

Deaths in Yemen raid on al-Qaeda

December 24, 2009

At least 30 suspected al-Qaeda fighters have been killed in a dawn air raid by Yemeni forces in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa.

Among those thought to have been killed in the raid early on Thursday was Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim preacher, who according to a Yemeni security official was linked to a man who killed 13 people at a US army base in Texas.

"Anwar al-Awlaki is suspected to be dead [in the air raid]," the unnamed Yemeni official was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying…

But Abdullah al-Faqih, a professor of political science at Sanaa University, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that he was sceptical of the claims being made about al-Awlaki.

"He is the son of a colleague of mine at Sanaa University. His father is an adviser to the president of Yemen. If they really wanted him, they could phone him and tell him to come back to the capital and arrest him.

"I have serious doubts about him being a target – simply because he is well connected to the government and there is no serious case against him," al-Faqih said

Alongside al-Awlaki, several senior members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula – a group formed of al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen and Saudi Arabia – were also thought to have been killed in the raid.

But there was confusion over the number of casualties.

"Local sources have said that the casualties from this strike was seven people only," Mohammed al-Qadhi, a correspondent in Yemen for Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper, told Al Jazeera.

"All of those are from al-Qaeda, according to local sources, but the government reports say there are more than 30 [dead]." …

Meanwhile, the every busy Mr. Al-Awlaki told Al Jazeera in an interview also published today (in Arabic) that Mr. Hasan had asked him about whether it would be permissible under Islam for him to kill his fellow soldiers.

From CNN:

Cleric: Suspected Fort Hood gunman asked about killing troops

December 24, 2009

CNN) — An Army psychiatrist accused of fatally shooting 13 at the Fort Hood, Texas, military base had asked for a Muslim cleric’s advice about killing U.S. troops, according to a new interview.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan communicated with a radical Islamic cleric via e-mail for about a year before he went on a shooting rampage that wounded 40 on November 5, Anwar al-Awlaki told Aljazeera.net…

Al-Awlaki said he met Hasan nine years ago while serving as an imam at a mosque in the Washington, D.C. area. He said the shooting happened about a year from the time the suspect made the inquiry…

Al-Awlaki said he lauded the Fort Hood attack because it was aimed at troops, whom he accused of fighting an unjust war against Islam.

"It is a military target inside America and there is no dispute over that," he said. "Also, these military personnel are not ordinary; they were trained and ready to fight and kill oppressed Muslims and commit crimes in Afghanistan."

Despite his approval, Al-Awlaki said his role was only limited to Hasan’s thought process, adding that he’d "be honored if I had a bigger role."

So let’s hope against hope that this report of his demise turns out to be accurate.

But it’s probably too good to be true.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Hasan ‘Mentor’ Killed In Raid In Yemen?”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Don’t forget to collect your virgin goats before you enter the Ted Kennedy Furnace Room, Al-Awlaki.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    That’s funny because if this is true and this was a targeted payback against a man who incited a terrorist, then where was al Awlaki’s right to a trial in New York City paid for by American Conservatives? How come there is no inquisitioning by the world or State-run media into whether there were any civilian casualties in this bombing, this horrendous imperialistic and unjust act?

    Yes, this apparent new broading of the War on Terror – excuse me, global counterinsurgency operations – with these new global bombing campaigns against Al Qaeda. I thought war was killing our image in the Middle East, Mr. O-blah-blah? Or did you sign away another year’s GDP with the right to launch those cruise missiles, Mr. Obambi?

    It’s just as well, I say the likelihood is that this guy was nowhere near that strike. Just another illusion generated for some sort of manipulation. It’s sad when you know that things are probably still being done by the military that are mostly for the protection of our people, but because of the nature of the C-I-C and the media you have to question even this.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hey……. it’s Christmas!
      A time of miracles and Hope.
      (Here’s to hoping we nailed that sucker)

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