February 27, 2008

Another American al-Qaeda in Yemen

From the WaPo, yet another American al-Qaeda in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki. Another release (like USS Cole bomber Jamal Al-Badawi and FBI Most Wanted Jaber Elbaneh), and the US again "dismayed". As we reported in December 2006, Awlaki was an associate of the 9/11 highjackers, arrested and released in Yemen. The WaPo has a detailed history.

Even before the 2001 terrorist attacks, American-born imam Anwar al-Aulaqi drew the attention of federal authorities because of his possible connections to al-Qaeda. Their interest grew after 9/11, when it turned out that three of the hijackers had spent time at his mosques in California and Falls Church, but he was allowed to leave the country in 2002.

New information later surfaced about his contacts with extremists while in the United States. Now, U.S. officials are saying for the first time that they believe that Aulaqi worked with al-Qaeda networks in the Persian Gulf after leaving Northern Virginia. In mid-2006, Aulaqi was detained in Yemen at the request of the United States. To the dismay of U.S. authorities, Aulaqi was released in December.

By Jane at 04:44 PM | Comments |