Anwar Al-Awlaki, also known as Imam Anwar, was born in New Mexico, USA, on 04/22/1971. He went back to Yemen in the mid 80s’ as a young boy for Islamic education during in which he also attended Islamic studies in Saudi Arabia. His father served at that time as the Yemeni Agriculture minister. After Anwar Al-Awlaki returned to USA, in 1991, he has served as an Imam in Colorado, California and was also aCivil Engineering student in the Colorado Univesity in 1994 and was the president of the local Muslim students association. According to a former U.S. security agent He attended the university on a foreign student visa and a government scholarship from Yemen, apparently by claiming to be born in that country. Anwar Al-Awlaki also spent a summer of his college years training with the Afghan Mujahidin.
Afterwards he moved to Washington DC area where he headed the Dar al-Hijrah Center and was also the Muslim Chaplain at George Washington University. Anwar Al-Awlaki holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, an M.A. in Education Leadership from San Diego State University and was working on a Doctorate degree in Human Resource Development at George Washington University. Anwar al-Awlaki was detained twice for soliciting prostitution.
The FBI investigated Anwar Al-Awlaki from 06/1999 through 03/2000 for possible fundraising for Hamas, links to Al Qaeda, and a visit in early 2000 by a close associate of "the Blind Sheik" Omar Abdel Rahman.
When the two 9/11 muscle hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi arrived to San Diego, in 01/2000 they came under the sponsorship and had a close relationship with Anwar Al-Awlaki who served as their spiritual adviser, and the two were also frequently visited there by 9/11 pilot hijacker Hani Hanjour. The 9/11 commission report indicated that the hijackers "reportedly respected [al-Awlaki] as a religious figure". Authorities say the two hijackers regularly attended the mosque al-Awlaki led in San Diego, and had many long closed-door meetings with him, which led investigators to believe Anwar Al-Awlaki knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.
Documents exclusively obtained by Fox News, in 10/2010, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in 11/2009 (see - Maj. Malik Hasan), state that Anwar Al-Awlaki was a lunch guest of military brass at the Pentagon as part of the military’s outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of The 9/11 attacks.
Eventually, in late 2001, Anwar Al-Awlaki migrated back to Yemen having no travel restrictions. On 08/31/2006, ostensibly due to a Yemeni Secret Police investigation over Yemeni Tribal issues, Anwar Al-Awlaki was detained for questioning by the Yemeni authorities. According to Anwar Al-Awlaki, during the course of his interrogation he was asked specific questions about his Islamic activities, which led him to believe that he was being held and questioned at the behest of the USA.
On 12/12/2007, Anwar Al-Awlaki was released by the Yemeni authorities. He currently (02/2009) resides in Yemen and is associated with Imam University in Sanaa.
Anwar Al-Awlaki is a pro Al Qaeda ideologue with influence in the West. USA government agencies are increasingly concerned about the ability of pro-Jihad ideologues to use the Internet to incite U.S.-based Muslims to conduct terrorist attacks (see - Sada al-Malahim).
Indeed, there have been several terrorism cases in the years since The 9/11 in which people based in Western countries were influenced by lectures, writings, and videos downloaded from the Internet that were generated by spiritual figures and strategists living in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Anwar Al-Awlaki is an influential player in efforts to radicalize and incite American Muslims to commit terrorist acts. His lectures on leaderless Jihad were downloaded by, and provided inspiration to, the conspirators of the Fort Dix Plot in 2006-07.
In early January of 2009, Anwar Al-Awlaki published an essay titled – “44 ways to support Jihad” on his web site (see - http://www.anwar-alawlaki.com/ ). The site appeals to young, English-speaking, Muslim audience and calls for armed and financial support of Global Jihad against the infidels - “kuffar”.
In the weeks since its initial publication to the web site, it has been reposted to hundreds of other sites. Anwar Al-Awlaki discusses his experience in the United States, his reputation as an ideologue, and his connections to Al Qaeda.
* On 11/09/2009, Anwar Al-Awlaki posted in his website the following remark referring to the Fort Hood shooting, from 11/05/2009, and Maj. Malik Hasan - “Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people”.
* Anwar Al-Awlaki was killed, allegedly, on 12/24/2009, in the Shabwa Air-Strike. But his brother in Yemen claimed, on Friday 12/25/2009, he has “guarantees” Anwar Al-Awlaki was not killed in the attack and is still alive. USA confirmed, eventually, that Anwar Al-Awlaki survived the attack unharmed.
USA president Barack Obama approved, on Wednesday 04/07/2010, to the CIA to find and, if necessary, to kill him.
USA authorities added Anwar Al-Awlaki, on Friday 07/16/2010, to a terrorism blacklist that will slap him with sanctions aimed at cutting off his financial support and freezing all his assets ion USA soil.
* On Thursday 05/05/2011 Anwar Al-Awlaki managed to escape unharmed yet another UAV attempt on his life (see - Shabwa 05.05.11).
** The Yemen Defense authorities said, on Friday 09/30/2011, that Anwar Al Awlaki was, eventually, killed "along with some of his companions", by an air strike in the eastern Marib province, said to be an Al Qaeda stronghold. U.S administration officials confirmed the reports, according to American media.
A statement from Yemen's foreign press office said the Al Qaeda suspect "was targeted and killed 8 KM (about 5 miles) from the town of Khashef in the Province of Jawf, 140KM (about 80 miles) east of the Capital Sanaa."
Al-Arabiya television network cited local tribal sources as saying suspected U.S. drone aircraft - which are known to operate in Yemen - fired two missiles Friday at a convoy of vehicles believed to be carrying Anwar Al-Awlaki and his guards.
Samir-Khan, the editor of Al Qaeda's English-language INSPIRE MAGAZINE was killed in the same CIA drone strike that eliminated Anwar Al-Awlaki in Yemen Friday, U.S. officials said.
* Anwar Al-Awlaki was located and tracked down by a USB device handed him over, through a middleman, by the double agent Morten Storm.
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