Schlagwort-Archive: US citizen

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“

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.

Awlaki´s Teenage-Son Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

by Florian Flade

„Two weeks after the martyrdom of Sheikh Anwar, we again mourn the martyrdom of his eldest son Abdul Rahman“, a statement reads posted on Jihadi Internet forums in recent days. The statement claiming a US drone strike last Saturday killed Anwar al-Awlaki´s eldest son, was written by the Awlaki family which claims they avoided talking to media but now want to speak out.

A US drone strike in the Shabwa region of Yemen has killed several alleged Al-Qaida members including Abdul Rahman Bin Anwar al-Awlaki, the son of Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed September 30 in a similar US drone strike targeting a convoy in Shabwa.

According to his family Abdul Rahman Bin Anwar al-Awlaki was born in Denver (Colorado) August 26 1995 and was 16 years old when he died last weekend. He became a resident of the Yemeni capital Sanaa after moving there from the U.S. in 2002 – still possessing the American citizenship.

Abdul Rahman al-Awlaki allegedly told his mother he wanted to visit the area where his father was killed. On October 14 the Awlaki son and several of his comrades had dinner at nighttime according to the family´s statement when the U.S. missile hit.

A birth certificate of the 16 year-old Awlaki son was released to the Washington Post, proving that he was the son of the Yemeni Jihad preacher and a Yemeni woman from Egypt. Facebook pages mourning the teenagers death show pictures of a slim young man wearing glasses and Western clothing.

If true the Abdul Rahman Bin Anwar al-Awlaki would be the fourth American citizen killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen since 2002.