Anwar al-Awlaki

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Anwar al-Awlaki
أنور العولقي
Anwar al-Awlaki sitting on couch, lightened.jpg
Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2008
Anwar bin Nasser bin Abdulla al-Aulaqi

April 21/22, 1971
DiedSeptember 30, 2011 (aged 40)
Cause of deathDrone strike
CitizenshipUnited States, Yemen
Alma mater
  • Lecturer
  • cleric
  • imam
Known forLectures across Asia and the Middle East
Inspire magazine and spokesman[2]
Children5[3] (including Abdulrahman and Nawar)
Parent(s)Nasser al-Awlaki (father)

Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled al-Aulaqi, al-Awlaqi; Arabic: أنور العولقيAnwar al-‘Awlaqī; April 21/22, 1971 – September 30, 2011) was a Yemeni-American imam. He was a known recruiter and motivational speaker representing al-Qaeda.[4][5][6][7]

Al-Awlaki became the first U.S. citizen to be targeted and killed by a U.S. drone strike without the rights of due process.[8] President Barack Obama ordered the strike.[9]

On January 29, 2017, al-Awlaki's 8-year-old daughter, Nawar Al-Awlaki, was killed in a U.S. commando attack in Yemen that was ordered by President Donald Trump.[10][11][12][13] He was known as the "bin Laden of the Internet" for positing pro al-Qaeda speeches on the internet.[14][15]

After a request from the U.S. Congress, in November 2010, Google removed many of al-Awlaki's videos from its websites.[16] According to The New York Times, al-Awlaki's public statements and videos have been more influential in inspiring acts of terrorism after his killing than before his death.[17]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Born in US, Al-Awlaki was his birth nation's sworn enemy". MSNBC. September 30, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. Death of Anwar Al Awlaki Doesn't Solve Yemen's Problems – US News and World Report. Retrieved on October 1, 2011.
  3. Ahmed al-Haj; Donna Abu-Nasr (November 10, 2009). "U.S. imam wanted in Yemen over Al-Qaida suspicions". Star Tribune. Associated Press. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  4. Orr, Bob (December 30, 2009). "Al-Awlaki May Be Al Qaeda Recruiter". CBS News. Archived from the original on January 17, 2010. Retrieved December 31, 2009.
  5. Meek, James Gordon (November 9, 2009). "Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan 'is a hero':". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 12, 2009. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  6. How Anwar Al-Awlaki Inspired Terror From Across the Globe retrieved February 4, 2012
  7. "Q & A: US Targeted Killings and International Law". Human Rights Watch. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  8. Gal Perl Finkel, A NEW STRATEGY AGAINST ISIS, The Jerusalem Post, March 7, 2017.
  9. Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt, and Robert F. Worth. "Two-Year Manhunt Led to Killing of Awlaki in Yemen", The New York Times, September 30, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  10. Scahill, Jeremy, Pardiss Kebriaei, Baraa Shiban, and Amy Goodman. "Yemen: Jeremy Scahill & Advocates Question "Success" of Trump Raid That Killed 24 Civilians", Democracy Now!, February 3, 2017. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  11. Ghobari, Mohammed and Phil Stewart. "Commando dies in U.S. raid in Yemen, first military op OK'd by Trump", Reuters, January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  12. Myre, Greg. "Trump Aims For Big Splash In Taking On Terror Fight", NPR, January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  13. "1 US service member killed, 3 wounded in Yemen raid" Archived February 2, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, WPVI-TV, 6 ABC Action News, Philadelphia, PA. January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  14. Morris, Loveday (October 24, 2010). "The anatomy of a suicide bomber". The National (Abu Dhabi). Retrieved January 2, 2010.
  15. Madhani, Aamer (August 25, 2010). "Cleric al-Awlaki dubbed 'bin Laden of the Internet'". USA Today. Retrieved October 30, 2010.
  16. "YouTube removes al-Awlaki hate videos". The Guardian. November 3, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2012.
  17. Shane, Scott (August 27, 2015). "The Lessons of Anwar al-Awlaki". The New York Times Magazine.