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US-Born Preacher With Al-Qaeda Links Killed In Yemen

September 30, 2011

The militant whom Washington considered the biggest threat to its homeland security, Anwar al-Awlaki, has been killed in Yemen.

Yemen's Defense Ministry said al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born preacher who was the English-language propagandist for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed on September 30 along with some of his companions.

It is not immediately clear if al-Awlaki died in a Yemeni air raid or a U.S. drone strike. A U.S. drone aircraft targeted but missed him in May.

Al-Awlaki, who preached in mosques in the U.S. before moving to Yemen in 2004, was a key recruitment force for Al-Qaeda in Yemen, one of Al-Qaeda's most active branches.

U.S. officials say al-Awlaki helped recruit Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic flight as it landed in Detroit on December 25, 2009.

The militant cleric is also said to have exchanged emails with accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hassan who killed a dozen fellow soldiers and a civilian in a rampage at the Texas base.

compiled from agency reports

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/us_born_preacher_with_al_qaeda_links_in_yemen/24344737.html

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