Yemeni cleric part of terror plots

September 28, 2010 06:44

The radical Islamic cleric who is the target of an Obama administration kill-or-capture order played a major role in directing the attempted bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day and in other terror plots, a senior U.S. intelligence official has revealed.

By Bill Gertz The Washington Times


Anwar al-Awlaki, who has dual U.S.-Yemeni citizenship, was involved in “preparing” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in the attempted midflight bombing of a Northwest Airlines jet traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said in a court statement made public on Saturday.

In addition, as a leader of the Yemen-based terror group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Mr. al-Awlaki has played a key role since late 2009 in “planning attacks on U.S. interests,” Mr. Clapper said.


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