Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Outrage as U.S.-born radical cleric behind terrorist bombings tells Muslim militants they're free to target American 'devils'

Al-Awlaki is wanted by Washington dead or alive over links to attacks in the United States.

'Don't consult with anybody in killing the Americans,' al-Awlaki says in the 23-minute video, in which he appears dressed in a white robe and turban, with a sheathed dagger tucked into his waistband.

'Fighting the devil does not require a fatwa, nor consultation nor prayers seeking divine guidance. They are the party of Satan and fighting them is the obligation of the time,' he says.

The only way Muslims can protect themselves from the threat of the infidels is by supporting the 'mujahedeen,' he said. 'If we support the mujahedeen, we will win it all and if we let them down, we will lose it all.'

He sounds like a man on the run ~ delivers an all or nothing statement.

The U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki has now told Muslims they are free to kill American 'devils' at will in a video that has been posted on extremist websites.

In past messages, al-Awlaki has justified killing American civilians as retaliation for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Muslim civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

But the new video appears to be an escalation, with the 39-year-old cleric arguing that no rationale was needed to seek out and kill Americans.

Al-Awlaki's vitriolic sermons have inspired several attacks against the United States, and Yemeni officials say he may have given his blessing to the mail bomb plot even if he did not take an active part in it.

'Don't consult with anybody in killing the Americans,' al-Awlaki says in the 23-minute video, in which he appears dressed in a white robe and turban, with a sheathed dagger tucked into his waistband.

'Fighting the devil does not require a fatwa, nor consultation nor prayers seeking divine guidance. They are the party of Satan and fighting them is the obligation of the time,' he says.

Fatwas are religious rulings on even the most mundane personal issues, such as marriage or finances and have been issued to allow the killing of people deemed to have insulted Islam or to have harmed Muslims.

In the video, al-Awlaki accused the United States of pouring money into Yemen to encourage Yemenis to shun their religion.

'There is an American policy presented to the Yemeni government, funded by the West, for the people of this country to alienate them from their religion,' said al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico of Yemeni parents.

U.S. intelligence has linked al-Awlaki to the September 11 hijackers and to last year's failed Christmas Day bombing of a jetliner over Detroit.

He also has ties to Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in November at the Fort Hood, Texas, military base.

U.S. investigators say that since he returned to Yemen in 2006, al-Awlaki has moved beyond just inspiring militants to becoming an active operative in Al Qaeda's affiliate there.

Short excerpts from the al-Awlaki video were released on October 23, two weeks before the mail bombs were uncovered. But this was the first full posting of the video.

U.S. officials have said that military aid to Yemen would double to $250 million in 2011 to help the country fight Al Qaeda.

The White House is seeking greater cooperation on intelligence sharing with the Yemeni government and more opportunities to train Yemeni counterterrorism teams in the aftermath of the failed mail bomb plot, a senior administration official said.

Al-Awlaki also attacked rulers in the Arab world, describing them as corrupt, and he called on religious scholars to declare them 'non-Muslims' for betraying the Muslim people.

'Kings, emirs, and presidents are now not qualified to lead the nation, or even a flock of sheep,' he said. 'If the leaders are corrupt, the scholars have the responsibility to lead the nation.'

He added that these leaders would have to be removed for the Muslim people to move forward.

Move forward to where ~ the dark ages.

The only way Muslims can protect themselves from the threat of the infidels is by supporting the 'mujahedeen,' he said. 'If we support the mujahedeen, we will win it all and if we let them down, we will lose it all.'

Daily Mail

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