Rumors Of Anwar al-Awlaki’s Death May Be False, CBS Says
December 24, 2009
Yemen (ChattahBox) – After an air strike against a Yemeni village was claimed to have killed an estimated 30 militants, including high ranking al Qaeda officials, some are saying that the cleric who advised Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan (shown left) has been killed. But others aren’t sure.
Reuters originally reported that Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in the strike, but CBS has said that this report is false.
According to a number of coursed, Awlaki is not living in the area where the attack occurred, which is believed to be Rafad, in eastern Shabwa.
Awlaki was one of the clerics that Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, emailed in 2008, a year before his attack on an army base that killed 13 people.
According to the radical Muslim cleric, he asked if killing soldiers was legal according to Islamic law.
“I did not recruit Nidal Hasan, but America did with its crimes and injustice, and this is what America does not want to admit,” he told Al-Jazeera in an interview in earlier this week.
More details as they emerge.