Enemy Insights III After Anwar al-Awlaki
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"Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical cleric and senior AQAP [Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ] operative who was both a leading editorial voice and active contributor to Inspire magazine, was killed on September 30th in a U.S. drone strike in northern Yemen. He was a U.S. citizen, the first to be directly targeted for assassination by the United States since the War on Terror began. al-Awlaki was spiritual advisor to 9/11 hijackers Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar in addition to several other jihadists who took aim at America -- including Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan, the would-be underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. Before that he was an Imam in Colorado, California, and Washington D.C., and served as Muslim chaplain at George Washington University." Al-Awlaki was killed on September 30, 2011 by a U.S. drone strike. This article suggests that it is too soon to tell what kind of effect al-Awlaki will have on the global jihad. This article includes excerpts from al-Awlaki al-Awlaki's 2009 essay on "44 Ways to Support Jihad."
This article was published in Culture and Conflict Review (Fall 2011), v.5 no.3