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Friday 17 November 2017

US-born cleric calls for killing of Americans in new video

A US-born Yemeni Islamist cleric has called for the killing of Americans in a new video message posted on radical websites.

Anwar al-Awlaki (pictured) said no permission was needed to kill Americans as they were from the "party of devils".

It comes shortly after authorities intercepted air cargo bombs sent from Yemen to the US in a plot linked to Mr Awlaki.

The US has named Mr Awlaki a "specially designated global terrorist".

Investigators have linked Mr Awlaki to the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, last year's Christmas airline bomb attempt, and the failed Times Square bombing in New York.

US officials say he is a leader of al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula, an offshoot of the militant network based in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

In the 23-minute message posted yesterday, Mr Awlaki called all Arab and Yemeni leaders "corrupt".

"Kings, emirs, and presidents are not now qualified to lead the nation, or even a flock of sheep," he said.

Last week, YouTube removed hundreds of clips of Anwar al-Awlaki's calls to jihad, saying they violated a ban on hate speech and incitement to violence.

Last month, investigators working for New York Congressman Anthony Weiner reported finding more than 700 videos in which Mr Awlaki appeared.

Irish Independent

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