Muslim imam Anwar al-Awlaki is now in the cross hairs of the U.S. government.
Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is a U.S. citizen, but he’s also wanted—dead or alive—by the U.S. government. The CIA has been given the go-ahead to target al-Awlaki, who’s now in Yemen, and to capture or kill him for allegedly threatening his home country.
The cleric, who is a US citizen, is being targeted for his involvement in planning attacks on the US.
Mr Awlaki was linked to the attempted bombing of an airliner bound for the US and a shooting on a US Army base.
[...] It was while he was an imam in San Diego that his sermons were attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers.
He fled the US in 2007 and moved to Yemen.
US intelligence previously viewed him as a radical Islamist preacher, but officials say he is now an active recruiter for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.