From the grave, the cleric inspiring a new generation of terrorists
Anwar al-Awlaki was regarded by the United States as one of the biggest threats to homeland security.
April 24th, 2013
04:47 PM ET

From the grave, the cleric inspiring a new generation of terrorists

By Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister

He was born and raised in the United States, and killed by the United States. And now from beyond the grave he inspires a new generation of would-be terrorists to attack the United States.

Militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki continues to speak through sermons posted online, and U.S. officials are investigating whether his words may have influenced Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

A U.S. government official told CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday that "the preachings of Anwar al-Awlaki were likely to have been among the videos they watched." A U.S. government source had previously told CNN that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had claimed the brothers had no connection to overseas Islamist terrorist groups and were radicalized through the Internet.

Al-Awlaki lived in Colorado, California and Virginia before leaving the United States in 2002. At one point he met two of the men who would be among the 9/11 hijackers, an encounter later investigated by the FBI. There is no evidence that al-Awlaki knew of their plans.

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  1. Yusuf

    The bottom line is ignorance. The day we all decide to educate ourselves, and understand that it is One God that we all serve, whether we are Muslims, Christians or Jews, on that day we can all be brothers and sisters and live together in harmony.

    April 28, 2013 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Only one problem with your comment. Religions!!!!!!!!
      Don't take that wrong I believe in one god but, I have no faith in any religion. Religions have been the cause of more death then anything else. Its what is in your heart that matters.

      April 29, 2013 at 2:20 am | Reply
  2. Set VS Mars

    LMAO, he's a friggin dinosaur, just another religous nut job, brainwashed, oppresses women and children all so men will rule and his faith will dominate. It would be normal actions if it was 1350. I still can't believe in 2012 we still have obtuse people who believe they can get rid of migrains by shaving their head and placing the hair in a "clean place" to ward off evil spirits. This is what the entire planet is up against, ignorance. Just another pig, like the pedophile mohammed.

    April 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      By posting what you did above Set VS Mars, it appears that you're the ignorant one here. Wise up, will you? Enough of this stupidity already!!!

      April 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @set vs mars,he's freakin dead dude,back from the grave a bearded zombie giving you instructions on how to eat post toasties in the mornin moron!!Get the FCC to shut down sites affiliated with this old fart,plain and simple..Aren't we savvy and advanced in electronics,telecommunication enough like that and go after and fine these jerks spreading it stateside as well with jail time if possible!!That'll stop them....

      April 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  3. George Patton

    why this ghost keep appearing on CNN? Last time I heard, he got syphilis from "72 virgins"; Allah lied to him they were not virgins, they were common w hores.

    April 25, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
  4. Joe M.

    Now these right-wing fanatics in Washington went to a new extreme by using a man that was murdered more than a year and a half ago to scare the public! The guys who murdered him with those drones are far worse than he was. He was motivated by his religion whereas his killers were paid to kill him.

    April 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Good posting, Joe. How true that is!

      April 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Your goat is calling better run catch him.

      April 25, 2013 at 1:33 am | Reply
      • TopView20

        Well stated, and well-timed!

        April 27, 2013 at 9:43 am |
    • TopView20

      You just identified yourself as aligned with the terrorist against the USA! The word is "complicit." You claim the cleric that inspired and encouraged acts of terrorism against US civilian citizens is more noble than the military professionals who neutralized him to save American lives. YOU ARE A TERRORIST! Still proud of your post?

      April 27, 2013 at 9:28 am | Reply
      • George Patton-2

        Tell me TopView20, do you always get angry when someone tells it like it is like Joe did above? I want to say here that there is neither honor nor nobility in killing people with those ungodly drones, only cowardly murder by remote control!!!

        April 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
      • Marine5484

        Well said, George. Those creeps who operate those drones are nothing but sniveling cowards who would most probably freeze up in a true battle with real men! These guys are truly a national disgrace to say the least!

        April 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
      • Pete

        @marine5484,not sniveling cowards just men who had more brains than some posters here that troll as supposid marines,many of which you're probibly not!!My son an operator of drones while in the navy was proud and no he wouldn't run from a fight because he enlisted didn't he,no draft anymore idiots!!You trolls here masquerading as marines should quit ranting about murderers when most of your countries you come from not here have pretty much that commodity cornered jerks..And also how many are supposid marines just wanne be marines and liars ta boot that are actually scared of their own shadows and run like girls from a good fight and this fight I'm taking to you!!Quit ranting about something you know nothing about which is most of anything on any of these sites here!!

        April 28, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  5. wjm

    They should create worms that go on the internet and anything that comes up after a certain date regarding these members of terrorist organizations, and destroy the material at its source. That would be nice. Here's hoping, their names should be stricken from history.

    April 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Reply

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