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Wenn Drohnen Amerikaner töten

www.nytimes.com 2013-3-10 18:46:58

Anwar al-Awlaki war aus Sicht der US-Regierung ein Staatsfeind. Der Mann mit dem oft so falsch ausgesprochenen Namen stand weit oben auf den Fahndungslisten der Terrorjäger. Er galt als “Terroristen-Macher”. Als scharfsinniger Ideologe, der mit seinen Predigten zum Dschihad gegen den Westen aufrief.

Was ihn so gefährlich machte, war dabei weder der Inhalt seiner Hass-Predigten sondern vielmehr die Tatsache, dass er sie in Englisch verbreitete. Awlaki war Muttersprachler. Mehr noch: er war amerikanischer Staatsbürger. Geboren am 22. April 1971 in Las Cruces, im US-Bundesstaat New Mexico.

Die USA hatte Anwar al-Awlaki längst verlassen, als er zu einem der meistgesuchten Terroristen der Welt mutierte. Vom Jemen aus warb er Muslime im Westen per Internet an, Terroranschläge in ihren Heimatländern zu verüben. Teilweise mit Erfolg.

Am 30.September 2011 ereilte Awlaki das Schicksal so viele Al-Qaida-Terroristen. US-Drohnen feuerten Raketen auf eine Gruppe Männer, die in der jemenitischen Wüste frühstückten. Anwar al-Awlaki fand an jenem Morgen den Tod.

Mark Mazzetti, Charlie Savage und Scott Shane haben für die “New York Times” einen faszinierenden Artikel verfasst über die Jagd nach dem Terroristen mit amerikanischem Pass. Wie fand die CIA den Al-Qaida-Prediger? Warum entschied der US-Präsident Awlaki zu töten? Was heißt es, wenn Amerika im Anti-Terror-Kampf nun auch eigene Staatsbürger ins Visier nimmt?

Lesen Sie hier “Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. Citizen, in America´s Cross Hair”

New Images Of Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan

by Florian Flade

Anwar al-Awlaki – American Jihad Preacher

Al-Qaida´s branch in the South of Yemen – “Ansar ul-Shariah” has released a the second issue of its newly founded newsletter. This time the Jihadi publishers of propaganda wing “Madad News” present never seen before images of the two American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan who were both killed in a U.S. drone strike on September 30 in Yemen´s Jawf region.

Anwar al-Awlaki, born in the US-State of New Mexico, was considered a influential Jihadi preacher acting as a spiritual advisor in the Yemeni network of Al-Qaida. He is also suspected of having recruited a number of Western-educated Islamists – like Nigerian Umar Farooq Abdulmutallab and Major Nidal Hassan – who later carried out terrorist attacks.

Samir Khan – Chief Editor of “Inspire”

Samir Khan, a Saudi-born son of Pakistani parents grew up in New York and has lived in North Carolina for several years before he joined Al-Qaida in Yemen (AQAP) in 2009. Khan became the chief editor of AQAP´s English-language magazine “Inspire”.

You´ve Got Awlaki-Mail – E-Mail From The Al-Qaida Cleric?

by Florian Flade

Several weeks have passed since a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed one of the most prominent Jihadi figures out there – US-Yemeni Anwar al-Awlaki. As many of my blogger and journalist colleagues have lengthy written about the impact of Awlaki´s death on Jihadism or the Al-Qaida network itself, I don´t want to go into this topic again.

Instead I want to share an e-mail with the readers that I got back June. Via a vital contact I asked the editors of “Inspire”- magazine published by “Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP) about the risks of “hijrah” (migrating to an Islamic country) to Yemen and joining Al-Qaida.

The “Inspire” staff responded to the e-mail…due to the perfect English I suggest this e-mail might indeed have been written either by Anwar al-Awlaki himself or by Samir Khan, a US-raised Jihadi militant who worked as the chief-editor of “Inspire” until he was killed in the same drone strike that killed Awlaki.

Of course there is also the possibility another, unknown English-speaking Jihadi militant answered my e-mail question. As for know, there is no way to confirm this indeed was written by Awlaki or Khan.