Associated Press & The Muslim Defense Force – 2010-11-08 23:28:38
Terrorist Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in US Death Threat Video
Associated Press Video (November 8, 2010)
Non-violent Message to US Government by Imam Anwar al-Awlaki
Muslim Defense Force Video (November 6, 2010)
“We, the muslims, do not have an inherent animosity toward any racial group or ethnicity. We are not against Americans for just being Americans. We are against evil and America, as a whole, has turned into a nation of evil. What we see from America is the invasion of two muslim countries. We see Abu Ghraid, Baghram and Guantanamo Bay. We see Cruise missiles and cluster bombs and we have just seen in Yemen, the death of 23 children and 17 women. We cannot stand idly in the face of such aggression and we will fight back and incite others to do the same.
I, for one, was born in the US and lived in the US for 21 years. America was my home. I was a preacher of Islam, involved in nonviolent Islamic activism. However, with the invasion of Iraq and the continued aggression against muslims, I could not reconcile living in the US and being a muslim….
America refuses to admit that its foreign policies are behind a man like Nidal Hassan, born and raised in the US, turning his guns against American soldiers…. The operation … was in retaliation to US missiles and cluster-bombs that killed women and children in Yemen. [See related stories and videos in today’s posting of EAW reports.]
We are fighting for justice because we are defending ourselves and our families, and you are fighting for imperialistic goals….
Americans need to stop looking at themselves from there own lens but look at themselves from the lens of the world. They will then see the ugly face of America. America is not despised only by muslims but also by many millions of people around the world….
Al-Awlaki Urges American Killings
US-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki calls in a video message upon Muslims around the world to kill Americans.
(November 8, 2010) — Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Islamic cleric linked to al-Qaeda in Yemen, has released a video in which he calls for Muslims around the world to kill Americans.
In the sermon, which appeared on several Islamic websites on Monday, al-Awlaki said that clerics do not need to issue any special fatwas or religious rulings allowing Americans to be killed because “all Americans are the enemy”.
“Don’t consult with anybody in killing the Americans,” he said in the 23-minute message that he delivered in Arabic.
“Fighting the devil doesn’t require consultation or prayers seeking divine guidance. They are the party of the devils,” he added. “It is “either us or them.”
Al-Awlaki was dressed in a traditional Yemeni garb — a white robe, turban and a sheathed dagger tucked into his waistband – and wore round spectacles while sitting behind a desk.
Mail Bomb Plot
Yemeni officials say al-Awlaki may have blessed the recent mail bomb plot, though he may not have taken an active part in it.
Al-Awlaki has in past messages encouraged Muslims to murder American soldiers and justified the killings of American civilians by accusing the US of intentionally killing a million Muslim civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
But this message appeared stronger, arguing that no justification was needed.
He was dressed in a traditional Yemeni garb — a white robe, turban and a sheathed dagger tucked into his waistband — and wore round spectacles while sitting behind a desk.
Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, has been tied by US intelligence to the September 11 hijackers and to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas last year with explosives hidden in his underwear.
He was also in contact with Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in November at the Fort Hood, Texas military base.
US investigators say 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.
On Friday, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group’s offshoot in Yemen claimed responsibility for sending bombs through the mail in packages addressed to the US.
The bombs were found at airports in England and Dubai, United Arab Emirates before they exploded.
Short excerpts from the al-Awlaki video posted on Monday were released on October 23, two weeks before the mail bombs were uncovered. But this was the first full posting of the video.
Al-Awlaki also attacked rulers in the Arab world, particularly Yemen, 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.
The only way Muslims can protect themselves from the threat of the infidels is by supporting the “mujahedeen”, he said, referring to al-Qaeda fighters.
“If we support the mujahedeen, we will win it all and if we let them down, we will lose it all,” he said.
Yemen and Updates
(December 20, 2009) — On orders from President Barack Obama, the US military launched cruise missiles against two suspected al-Qaeda sites in Yemen, administration officials told ABC News in a report broadcast on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.
American officials said the missile strikes were intended to disrupt a growing threat from the al Qaeda branch in Yemen, which claims to coordinate terror attacks against neighboring Saudi Arabia. The al Qaeda presence in Yemen has been steadily growing in the last two years. According to Richard Barrett, coordinator of the UN’s Taliban al-Qaeda Sanctions Monitoring Committee, “Al Qaeda generally has been pushed into these ungoverned areas, whether it is the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area [or Yemen]…, I think many of the key people have moved to Yemen.”
The Yemen attacks by the US military represent a major escalation of the Obama administration’s campaign against al Qaeda.
In his speech about added troops for Afghanistan earlier this month, President Obama made a brief reference to Yemen, saying, “Where al Qaeda and its allies attempt to establish a foothold — whether in Somalia or Yemen or elsewhere — they must be confronted by growing pressure and strong partnerships.”
Until tonight, American officials had hedged about any US role in the strikes against Yemen and news reports from Yemen attributed the attacks to the Yemen Air Force.
President Obama placed a call after the strikes to “congratulate” the President of Yemen, Ali Abdallah Salih, on his efforts against al Qaeda, according to White House officials.
A Yemeni official at the country’s embassy in Washington insisted to ABC News Friday that the Thursday attacks were “planned and executed” by the Yemen government and police.
Along with the two U.S. cruise missile attacks, Yemen security forces carried out raids in three separate locations. As many as 120 people were killed in the three raids, according to reports from Yemen, and opposition leaders said many of the dead were innocent civilians.
While most of the world focuses its attention on Afghanistan, its important to keep one’s eye on Yemen, and who benefits most from US involvement in these strikes.
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