AQAP Confirms al-Awlaki's Death and Issues New Threats
Al Qaida Arabian Peninsula released a statement today confirming the killing of cleric Anwar al-Awlawi and two others. The media quotes a sentence or two, but you don't get the real flavor unless you read the whole thing. An English translation is here. A snippet:
“The Americans killed the scholar Shaykh Anwar al-Awlaqi and Samir Khan, but they did not prove any crime they committed and they never presented any proof against them from their laws of unjust freedom. So, where is the freedom, justice, human rights and respect of freedoms they boast of? Did America become so suffocated that it contradicted—and everyday it contradicts—these principles it claims it established its country on?”
“America has failed as it has not stuck to its principles, and the Shaykh—who lived his doctrine and died for its cause—won. And like that, everyday America kills humans unjustly and aggressively. Its history is black and long and has no limit, and it lies openly that it protects human rights, justice and freedom.”
The missive says four people were killed, including al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. The other two are Abu Muhsen al-Maribi and Salem al-Marwani.
There's also references to Obama and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. And, they confirm they are at war with America:
“O’ proud tribes: the blood of the Shaykh and his companions will not have been spilled in vain, as behind him are our knights who do not sleep on injustice, and who will take revenge soon Allah-willing.”
“And the Americans and us are in a war, they beat us and we beat them, and the end to whoever is patient and that will gain victory.”
On a related note, testimony begins tomorrow in the Detroit trial of failed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Christian Science Monitor asks if will show al-Awlaki was involved. From available information, I doubt it. I think the Government will be able to show Abdulmuttalab was inspired and encouraged by al-Awlaki to engage in jihad, and he had met with him during his training, but there will be nothing to show al-Awlaki was even aware of Abdulmutallab's particular airline plot.
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