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Yemen: Al Qaeda’s Al-Awlaki Has Been Killed

From a dejected Associated Press:

Yemen says al-Qaida-linked cleric al-Awlaki killed

By AHMED AL-HAJ [sic] – Associated Press
September 30, 2011

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Defense Ministry said Friday that the U.S.-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed.

Every news report on this story has managed to work in ‘US born’ within the first five works of their lede paragraph. But read more about his background below to get an idea of what a total misrepresentation this is.

The Yemeni ministry provided no details in the statement, which appeared on one of its website.

Yemeni security and tribal officials said an airstrike thought to have been carried out by U.S. aircraft on Friday targeted a convoy of cars traveling in the eastern province of Marib but could not say whether al-Awlaki was in the convoy…

The American-born son of Yemeni parents rose to prominence as al-Qaida’s English-speaking voice and electronic messenger, spreading its terrorist credo via a blog, social media posts and email exchanges with such people as the U.S. Army major accused of a murderous shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

The Pakistani-American man who pleaded guilty to the May 2010 Times Square failed car bombing attempt told interrogators he was "inspired" by al-Awlaki after making contact over the Internet. Al-Awlaki was further believed to have had a hand in mail bombs addressed to Chicago-area synagogues, packages intercepted in Dubai and Europe in October 2010.

Yemen had in the past reported the deaths of al-Qaida leaders who were later found to be alive. Al-Awlaki was last reported to have been killed in December 2009…

So the AP is still holding out hope.

Yemen is the Arab world’s most impoverished nation and has become a haven for al-Qaida militants.

Because it is poverty that causes terrorism, you see.

For the record, here is a little more background on the ‘US-born’ Al-Awlaki, cribbed from various sources, via Wikipedia:

Anwar al-Awlaki

Al-Awlaki’s father was a prominent member of the Yemeni ruling party. (Yemen’s current Prime Minister is a relative of Al-Awlaki’s.)

Al-Awlaki’s father came to America in 1971, on a Fulbright scholarship. Anwar was born in 1971. His family returned to Yemen in 1978, when Anwar was 7.

Al-Awlaki returned to the US in 1991 at the age of twenty to attend college. He went to Colorado State University, which he attended on a foreign student visa and a government scholarship from Yemen, by claiming to have been born in Yemen. (See below.) He was President CSU’s Muslim Student Association.

In 1993, the same year as the first World Trade Center bombing, al-Awlaki took a vacation trip to Afghanistan like "many other thousands of young Muslim men with jihadist zeal."

Although Al-Awlaki refused to shake hands with women, he patronized prostitutes. He was arrested in San Diego in August 1996 and in April 1997 for soliciting prostitutes.

In 1998 and 1999, Al-Awlaki served as the Vice President for the Charitable Society for Social Welfare (CSSW) in San Diego. CSSW was a “front organization that funnel money to terrorists,” including Bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

The FBI investigated al-Awlaki in 1999 and 2000 for fundraising for Hamas, and his links to al-Qaeda, and because he was he was had contact with a close associate of "the Blind Sheik" Omar Abdel Rahman.

Planning for the 9/11 attack and USS Cole bombing was discussed at the January 2000 Kuala Lumpur al-Qaeda Summit. After the summit, two of the soon to be hijackers traveled to San Diego, where they had a close relationship with al-Awlaki in 2000. Al-Awlaki served as their spiritual adviser.

The 9/11 Commission Report indicated that the hijackers "reportedly respected [al-Awlaki] as a religious figure." The two hijackers regularly attended the mosque al-Awlaki led in San Diego, and had many long closed-door meetings with him, which led investigators to believe al-Awlaki knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.

Al-Awlaki soon resigned from leading the San Diego mosque and took a trip overseas to various countries, which have not been identified.

When Al-Awlaki returned to the US in 2001, he became the Imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in the Falls Church metropolitan Washington, DC, area, and was also the Muslim Chaplain at George Washington University.

His sermons were again attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers, as well as by the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan. (In fact, Al-Awlaki’s phone number was later found in the Berlin apartment of the "20th hijacker.")

Writing on the IslamOnline.net website six days after the 9/11 attacks, Al-Awlaki said Israeli intelligence agents were responsible for the attacks.

Months after the 9/11 attacks, as part of an outreach effort to ease tensions with Muslim-Americans, a Pentagon employee invited al-Awlaki to a luncheon in the Secretary’s Office of General Counsel.

Al-Awlaki was the Congressional Muslim Staffer Association’s first imam to conduct a prayer service at the U.S. Capitol in 2002. The prayers were for Muslim congressional staffers and officials for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Weeks later, he posted an essay in Arabic titled "Why Muslims Love Death" on the Islam Today website, praising the Palestinian suicide bombers’ fervor. Months later, at a videotaped lecture in a London mosque, he lauded them in English.

By July 2002, he was under investigation for having been sent money by the subject of an U.S. Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. His name was placed on an early version of what is now the federal terror watch list.

In June 2002, a Denver federal judge signed off on an arrest warrant for Al-Awlaki for passport fraud. But on October 9, the Denver US Attorney’s Office filed a motion to dismiss its complaint, and vacate the arrest warrant. Because while Al-Awlaki had falsely listed Yemen as his place of birth on his 1990 application for a social security number, which he then used to obtain a passport in 1993, he later changed his place of birth information to Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Prosecutors could not charge him, because a 10-year statute of limitations on lying to the Social Security Administration had expired.

ABC News reported that the decision to cancel the arrest warrant outraged members of a Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego who were monitoring Al-Awlaki, and wanted to "look at him under a microscope."

If Al-Awlaki had been convicted, he would have faced 6 months in custody. Al-Awlaki had lied in order qualify for scholarship money given to foreign citizens. By doing so, Al-Awlaki fraudulently obtained more than $20,000 in scholarship funds reserved for foreign students, for which he was not eligible.

The FBI conducted extensive investigations of al-Awlaki. He was observed crossing state lines with prostitutes in the D.C. area. To arrest him, the FBI considered invoking the little-used Mann Act, a federal law prohibiting interstate transport of women for "immoral purposes." But before investigators could detain him, Al-Awlaki left the US for Yemen, in March 2002.

Al-Awlaki left the US because of a "climate of fear and intimidation." He then moved to Yemen in 2004.

You see, Al-Awlaki was just your typical red-blooded American ‘home-grown terrorist.’

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, September 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Yemen: Al Qaeda’s Al-Awlaki Has Been Killed”

  1. jimreport says:

    So, simultaneous to not being read his rights, and being an American, and being inside a sovereign nation who never attacked the US and has no WMD’s, the left is happy that Zero just created 20 more terrorists? When did that rule change?

    Additionally, hes an accused bomb maker, but they didn’t find any bomb making parts! Where’s the BMP’s!


    • Mithrandir says:


      All the screaming about waterboarding and Guantanamo and all the war anniversaries, etc.

      As soon as a Democrat is in charge, the chaos stops. It tells you all the long monologues on MSNBC, and righteous indignation, upside down flags, and arguing about every singe decision Bush/Cheney made was all for show. –it’s all ginned-up chaos to create discontent and set up elections for Democrats.

      Obama gives the green light to kill a Somali pirate—-crickets. Kill Osama without trial—-crickets. Continues the wars he voted against—-crickets, allows an airstrike on al-Awlaki—-the media gets back in their hammocks.

      Eventually even liberals have to be skeptical of what liberals really believe in.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Which card in the deck of terrorist cards was he, the Queen of Diamonds?

    Good riddance to bag garbage.

  3. artboyusa says:

    BARACK OBAMA, World President, returns to ask “What would Hedley do?”

    “Let me make one thing crystal clear” shouted the President “Today’s hit, I mean strike, sends a clear message to all American citizens that no matter whether or not you’ve been convicted of anything, let alone charged, this government can seek you out and kill you. While it is true that under my hapless predecessor, the kind of action we’ve taken today would have been greeted with howls of execration and synthetic ‘concerns’ about ‘civil liberties’ and ‘extra-judicial murder’ and suchlike from myself and my many fans and followers, but since it’s me – hey, it’s all okay. I will now step back from the podium and bask in your applause…”

    When the tumult eventually subsided the President made time for a quick word with his top adviser, Rod Axeldave. “I think that went pretty well” smugged the President. “They love it when I do ‘justice’. And I was great as usual, wasn’t I?”

    “Certainly, sir” said Rod Axeldave “I, um, hate to rain on your pragmatic self confidence sir, but just take a look at these poll numbers, sir. And these unemployment stats. And this economic forecast”.

    “Hmmm” said the President. “Why, all these graphics are defective. There’s something wrong with the arrows, Rod. They’re all pointing the wrong way. Arrows are supposed to go up”.

    “Yes, sir”.

    “But these are all pointing down”.

    “Exactly, sir”.

    “And that’s not good”.

    “No sir”.

    “So what are you going to do about it?”

    “Me, sir?”

    “I’m only the president, Rod. You can’t expect me to do everything”.

    “Um, no sir. Well, we could try – no, that didn’t work. How about – no, that flopped. What about? No, that’s unconstitutional…”pondered Rod Axeldave. “We could blame…no. What about…?”

    “Hedley Lamarr” announced the President.

    “Um, I believe her name was Hedy, sir…”

    “No, no, no” snapped the President. “Not the 40s screen goddess. I mean the character Hedley Lamarr, the crooked, scheming politician from the comedy classic ‘Blazing Saddles’, as written by Mel Brooks -total genius – and played by the great Harvey Korman”.

    “Oh, I see, sir. But what does…?”

    “Hedley Lamarr was my first political hero, Rod – even before Saul Alinsky and Patrice Lumumba. His corrupt, crazed, wildly illegal style of politics showed me how to play rough, win big and govern bad!”

    “You’ve certainly achieved that, sir”.

    “Exactly! And now I need an idea, a scheme, a plot, a plan to save my political bacon – something so wild, so crazy, so extravagant and sneaky that only a Hedley Lamarr could imagine it! Think, Rod – think! What would Hedley do?”

    “Uh, I’m not sure I…”

    “Eureka! I’ve got it!” exulted the President, flinging his arms wide and catching Rod a nasty clip on the nose. ”Ouch, sir!” exclaimed Rod.

    “Be more careful, Rod. Now take this down; what we need to do is to infest the country with criminals and evil doers and terrorists and let them run amok…”

    “Amuck, sir?”

    “No, amok. Anyway, once they’ve created sufficient havoc I call in my fleet of pilotless drones and kill them all by remote control – just like that Al-quacki fellow – and then I’m a big hero again and all those arrows will be back pointing skywards!”

    “How do we recruit these, um, individuals, sir?”

    “Fling open the border! Well maybe not. It’s pretty flung open anyway. Look, that’s a detail. Right now I want bad guys. Take this down, Rod: I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers…and Methodists”.

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