by Florian Flade
Al-Qaida the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has released a statement on the Internet confirming the death of US-Yemeni preacher Anwar al-Awlaki in an American airstrike in Yemen on September 30 in the region between Al-Jawf and Maarib.
The statement is titled „Blood of the Martyr is the Light and Fire – A Statement on the Martyrdom of Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki and his comrades“ and was signed by the „Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula“.
Al-Qaida writes „the Mujahid Sheikh Abu Abdelrahman Bin Nassir Anwar al-Awlaki“ as well as US citizen Samir Khan, Abu Muhsin al-Maaribi and Salim Marwani were killed in a bombing by a US aircraft.
The U.S. government never proved their allegations against Awlaki, Al-Qaida claims, instead they killed him according to their unfair laws. „Sheikh Anwar went to the Gardens of Eternity (…) and left the Ummah on the path of Jihad“, the statement further reads. America killed Awlaki „but it cannot kill an idea“. Awlaki´s blood, Al Qaida warns, will not be shed in vain.
In the last part of the martyrdom statement, the terror organizations highlights the latest events in Syria and Yemen, accusing the West of not helping the people who rose against injustice.
There is no reason to believe the martyrdom statement is not authentic. It bears all the hallmarks of an official AQAP release.