Anwar al-Awlaki: Obama hails al-Qaeda death in Yemen

Barack Obama said the death was a “significant milestone” in the fight against al-Qaeda

30 September 2011 Last updated at 18:25

US President Barack Obama has said the death of US-born al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki is a “major blow” to the organisation.

Awlaki was killed by a US drone strike in the Jawf province of Yemen, along with several of his associates.

He is believed to have taken a leading role in a number of attempts to attack the US, including plots to blow up US airliners.

Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, has been on the run in Yemen since 2007.

Mr Obama said that as a leading figure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Awlaki had taken the lead in “planning and directing efforts to murder innocent Americans” and was also “directly responsible for the death of many Yemeni citizens”.

The death “marks another significant milestone in the broader effort to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates”, he said.

He also paid tribute to the work of both the US intelligence agencies and Yemeni security officials who had co-operated on the killing.

“This is further proof that al-Qaeda and its affiliates will find no safe haven anywhere in the world,” he said, but warned that AQAP “remains a dangerous though weakened terrorist organisation”.

‘Online inspiration’

In a brief statement on Friday, Yemen’s defence ministry statement said Awlaki had been killed in Khashef in Jawf about 140km (87 miles) east of the capital, Sanaa, “along with some of his companions”.

US and Yemeni officials later named one of those as Samir Khan, also a US citizen but of Pakistani origin, who produced an online magazine promoting al-Qaeda’s ideology.

US officials said Awlaki’s convoy was hit by a US drone and jet strike.

BBC security correspondent Gordon Corera says the killing is significant because Awlaki’s use of modern media meant he was able to reach out and inspire people susceptible to radicalisation.

He is accused of
recruiting and preparing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man who tried but failed to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day 2009
overseeing a failed plot to blow up two US-bound cargo planes in 2010 with explosives hidden in printer cartridges
encouraging US Maj Nidal Malik Hasan to carry out the 2009 US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas which killed 13 people
inspiring the man who carried out a failed bombing in New York’s Times Square in 2010
inspired a British women to stab her MP Stephen Timms over his support for the war in Iraq
plotting to use poisons including cyanide and ricin in attacks
repeatedly called for the killing of Americans, saying in a 2010 video online that they were from the “party of devils”

Mr Obama is said to have personally ordered Awlaki’s killing in 2010, but the al-Qaeda leader has survived several attempts on his life.

Late last year, he survived an air strike in Shabwa province in which at least 30 militants were killed. He was also the target of a US drone attack on 5 May which killed two al-Qaeda operatives in southern Yemen.

The death comes amid concerns in Washington about the impact of Yemen’s political crisis on its ability to tackle al-Qaeda militants.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh is facing a widespread protest movement, along with an armed insurrection by renegade army units and tribal fighters.

Mr Saleh, who was injured three months ago when his residence was shelled, returned last week after treatment in Saudi Arabia.

In an interview published on Thursday, he said he would not stand down, as promised in a deal brokered by Gulf States, if his opponents are allowed to stand in elections to succeed him.


  • Anwar Al Awlaki Terrorist? Or Pentagon / CIA Asset? YOU MAKE THE CALL!

  • 9/11 Mastermind Invited to Pentagon

    Paul Joseph Watson
    October 21, 2010

    Al-Qaeda terror mastermind Anwar Al-Awlaki, the man who helped plot the aborted Christmas Day bombing, the Fort Hood shooting, the Times Square bombing attempt, and who also preached to the alleged September 11 hijackers, dined at the Pentagon just months after 9/11 documents obtained by Fox News show.

    American-born cleric Awlaki’s role as a key figure in almost every recent terror plot targeting the United States and Canada, coupled with his visit to the Pentagon, only confirms our long stated position that Awlaki is a chief terrorist patsy-handler for the CIA – he is the federal government’s premier false flag agent.

    “Documents exclusively obtained by Fox News, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, state that Awlaki was taken to the Pentagon as part of the military’s outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks,” states the report.

    Click here to read a portion of the documents.

    Awlaki was vetted before he was invited to attend a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army’s Office of Government Counsel. His appearance at the meeting was deliberately engineered despite Awlaki’s ties to three of the alleged 9/11 hijackers – Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour – who were identified as the suicide pilots that slammed Flight 77 into the Pentagon.
    A d v e r t i s e m e n t

    Following the Fort Hood shooting it was also revealed that shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan had been in contact with Awlaki before the rampage. Awlaki preached to both Hasan and the 9/11 hijackers at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia in 2001.

    Awlaki also met with Christmas Day underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and acted as “the middle-man between the young Nigerian and the bombmaker.” As we have thoroughly documented, the Delta Flight 253 incident was staged from start to finish. The US State Department allowed Abdulmutallab to board the plane, aided by a well-dressed Indian man, despite the fact that he was on a terror watch list and had no passport.

    The Christmas Day incident was a boon for companies linked with the military-industrial complex, as it greased the skids for the global introduction of naked body scanners in airports.

    Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was also reported to have been directed by Awlaki before his failed attack on May 1st

    “The Pentagon has offered no explanation of how a man, now on the CIA kills or capture list, ended up at a special lunch for Muslim outreach,” states the Fox News report.

    The explanation is quite simple – Awlaki is the CIA’s chief patsy handler for planning and staging false flag terror attacks through the dupes that he radicalizes.

    The US Special Operations Command’s Able Danger program identified the hijackers and their accomplices long before 9/11, and would undoubtedly have also picked up Awlaki.

    As Webster Tarpley has documented, Awlaki is “an intelligence agency operative and patsy-minder” and “one of the premier terror impresarios of the age operating under Islamic fundamentalist cover” whose job it is to “motivate and encourage groups of mentally impaired and suggestible young dupes who were entrapped into “terrorist plots” by busy FBI and Canadian RCMP agents during recent years.”

    Tarpley points to Awlaki’s role in the Toronto and Fort Dix, New Jersey, terror plots, which were both contrived by the feds, as proof of Awlaki’s usefulness to the authorities in radicalizing terrorist patsies.

    Lawyers in a case relating to the much vaunted 2007 terror plot to attack Fort Dix and kill “as many soldiers as possible” concluded that FBI informants were the key figures behind the operation and that the accused, six foreign-born Muslims, were merely bungling patsies.

    Similarly, the “Toronto 18″ terrorists turned out to be “a bunch of incompetent guys who were primarily misled by a delusional megalomaniac”. The explosive fertilizer material the terrorist cell apparently planned to use was in fact purchased by an informant working for the RCMP who had radicalized the group.

    Given the fact that Awlaki is a double operative, claiming to be an Al-Qaeda leader yet in fact working for U.S. intelligence, it’s hardly surprising that he made an appearance at the Pentagon.

    Awlaki has also appeared in video tapes purporting to be Al-Qaeda propaganda material released by the IntelCenter, which as we have documented is nothing more than a Pentagon front group that has been caught red-handed releasing fake Al-Qaeda videos to bolster support for the geopolitical agenda of the US government.

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    Confirmation that Awlaki met with Pentagon officials after having inspired the very 9/11 hijackers that are blamed for flying a commercial airliner into the Pentagon provides yet more startling evidence that the highest levels of Al-Qaeda are completely penetrated and run by the US military industrial complex, which via patsy handlers like Awlaki is staging false flag attacks to boost their own domestic and geopolitical agenda.

    Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.

  • NYPD on ‘Alert’ for Al-Awlaki Revenge Attacks

    By Chris Dolmetsch – Sep 30, 2011

    The New York City Police Department is on “alert” for revenge attacks following the killing in Yemen of U.S.-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

    “We know al-Awlaki had followers in the United States including New York City, and for that reason we remain alert to the possibility that someone might want to avenge his death,” Kelly said in a statement, without mentioning specific measures.

    Al-Awlaki, who masterminded Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airplane in 2009 with explosives hidden in his underwear, has been killed, the Defense Ministry in Yemen said today.

    “Having transformed the regional al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula into a terrorist organization with global reach, he targeted Americans like no other, and he was a powerful recruiter of terrorists in the United States,” Kelly said in the statement.

    U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a missile from an American drone aircraft killed al-Awlaki in a joint CIA-military operation. He was targeted near the town of Khashef, 170 kilometers (106 miles) northeast of Sana’a, the capital, the Yemeni foreign press office said.
    Lieutenant Killed

    Samir Khan, a Pakistani-American al-Qaeda militant living in Yemen who was al-Awlaki’s lieutenant, died in the same attack, Yemeni state-run Saba news agency reported, citing an unidentified security official.

    Kelly said Khan had “extensive contacts” in New York City and published the “Inspire” English-language magazine that gave instructions on how to build bombs at home and identified Grand Central Terminal as a target in its most recent issue.

    Al-Awlaki was described by the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s list of “specially designated nationals” as a 40- year-old native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, with dual U.S. and Yemeni citizenship. Last year, President Barack Obama approved an order making him the first American ever to be placed on the Central Intelligence Agency’s hit list.

    Intelligence services said he also inspired a shooting rampage that killed 13 people last year at an army base in Fort Hood, Texas. U.S. President Barack Obama said al-Awlaki’s death is a “major blow” to al-Qaeda.

  • A nice excuse for the Senior Executive Service, Deutsche Verteidigungs Dienst, Central Intelligence Agency working for The Worshipful Company of Fuellers to pull off a false-flag blaming Al-Qaeda for the attack. Remember the SES created Al-Qaeda by creating it within the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program.

    -The Unhived Mind

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