Important Anwar Awlaki warns Yemen could be Obama's Afghanistan

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    US cleric warns Yemen could be Obama's Afghanistan

    CAIRO: A US-born Al-Qaeda-linked cleric warned the American people that President Barack Obama will mire US forces in Yemen just as Afghanistan, in a message appearing Monday on militant websites.

    The 13-minute audio message, in English, comes just days after the US Treasury department put Anwar Al-Awlaki on its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

    "If George W. Bush is remembered as being the president who got America stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq, it's looking like Obama wants to be remembered as the president who got America stuck in Yemen," he said.

    In another message released separately, Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman Al-Zawahri vowed that the American troops would leave both Afghanistan and Iraq in "defeat." US officials worry Al-Qaeda's offshoot in Yemen has found refuge in the country's remote, lawless areas and could be plotting attacks against American and other Western targets. Critics, meanwhile, have warned that imposing a deadline for the withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq could provide the terror network a propaganda tool.

    Al-Zawahri praised Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked groups, saying they are "moving from one victory to another" in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Taleban will "enter Kabul in triumph and Obama will leave it in fear," he said in the hourlong message, his first since May.

    "Oh Obama, whether you admit it or not, Muslims have defeated you in Afghanistan and in Iraq and you will be defeated in Palestine, Somalia and the Arab Maghreb," he said, referring to Islamic countries in northern Africa.

    "You will not only be defeated militarily and economically but most important you will be defeated morally." Al-Awlaki, meanwhile, mocked US efforts to combat Al-Qaeda in Yemen, saying its airstrikes were only sending recruits streaming to the terror group and had "accomplished for them (Al-Qaeda) the work of years." He also dismissed the American effort to back the Yemeni government with aid and training, and said the Obama administration is being swindled.

    The White House declined to comment on Al-Awlaki's message.

    Washington is increasingly concerned about Al-Qaeda's growing presence in Yemen, although its efforts to contain the threat there pale in comparison to the US military and diplomatic presence in Afghanistan. In Yemen, the US

    has earmarked some $150 million to help the government in San'a combat Al-Qaeda's Yemeni offshoot with training, equipment and intelligence help.

    Al-Awlaki's message appeared with Arabic subtitles over still photos of the cleric and accused Fort Hood shooter, US Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, and the accused would-be Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

    Al-Awlaki, who is on the run in Yemen, is believed to have had contacts with the accused bomber in the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a US airliner. He also is believed to have exchanged e-mails with Hasan, who suspected of killing 13 people at Fort Hood.

    Born in New Mexico, Al-Awlaki, 39, is not perceived by American officials as a major tactical terror leader on par with Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden. But his role as an inspirational exhorter for Al-Qaeda's cause and his growing involvement in plots aimed at the US has made him a prime target in the effort to counter the militant movement.

    Six months ago the US government put Al-Awlaki on a secret list of targets to be captured or killed, according to US officials.

    US cleric warns Yemen could be Obama's Afghanistan - Arab News
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    UN adds radical cleric al-Awlaki to terror list

    WASHINGTON — The United Nations has added U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to its terrorist list, requiring member countries to freeze his assets and ban his travel.

    The action follows a similar move by the U.S. Treasury Department last week, and underscores the growing threat officials believe al-Awlaki represents as a terror recruiter and planner.

    Based in Yemen, al-Awlaki has taken on a greater role with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, leading to his placement earlier this year on a secret U.S. government list of terror targets to be captured or killed, according to U.S. officials.

    He played a key part in recent terror attacks in America including the failed Christmas Day attempt to take down a Detroit-bound passenger jet. Al-Awlaki is believed to have communicated with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian accused of trying to blow up the airliner.

    And he exchanged e-mails with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in November at Fort Hood, Texas. In a video in May al-Awlaki referred to both men as his students.

    Born in New Mexico, al-Awlaki, 39, initially served more as an inspiration for would-be militants, particularly over the Internet. But more recently officials believe he has gotten more involved in the day-to-day operations of the al-Qaida linked group.

    In announcing the U.N. sanctions, the State Department said the crackdown will help degrade AQAP's ability to launch attacks.

    The move, said Daniel Benjamin, State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, "is in direct response to the operational role he plays in AQAP, and most importantly because of the integral part he played in planning AQAP's attempted destruction of Northwest Airlines flight 253 over the United States."

    The Associated Press: UN adds radical cleric al-Awlaki to terror list
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