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Book links Awalki to 9/11 attacks
Thw Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2011 | Eli Lake

Posted on 06/19/2011 10:33:10 AM PDT by jazusamo

The American-born Jihadist cleric Anwar Awlaki likely played an important support role in the September 11 attacks nearly ten years ago, according to a new book that examines the threat of home-grown terrorism.

The book, “The Next Wave,” by Fox News national security reporter, Catherine Herridge, reveals new documents that find Mr. Awlaki was nearly arrested after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon for providing false information on his passport application. Today Mr. Awlaki is one of the leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Mr. Awlaki is also the only known American citizen on a U.S. hit list in the global war on terrorism.

“I believe the evidence supports the conclusion that Anwar Awlaki was an overlooked key player in the 9-11 plot itself, and his contacts with the hijackers were not coincidences but evidence of a purposeful relationship,” the author told the Washington Times in an interview Friday.

Ms. Herridge found that two of the 9-11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar, first went to a San Diego neighborhood where Mr. Awlaki was residing. Later, Hazmi followed Mr. Awlaki to the Falls Church, Va., Dar al-Hijra Mosque, where Mr. Awlaki became an imam in January 2001. A third 9-11 hijacker, Hani Hanjour would also come to Mr. Awlaki’s mosque in this period.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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