Top stories:
  • Gulf oil disaster Get the latest updates and perspectives on the oil disaster impacting the Gulf Coast Gulf oil disaster Get the latest updates and perspectives on the oil disaster impacting the Gulf Coast
  • Church abuse scandal The Catholic Church is under scrutiny because of allegations, rules regarding priest abuse Church abuse scandal The Catholic Church is under scrutiny because of allegations, rules regarding priest abuse
  • Barefoot Bandit Teen fugitive Colton Harris-Moore faces charges in U.S. after being caught in Bahamas Barefoot Bandit Teen fugitive Colton Harris-Moore faces charges in U.S. after being caught in Bahamas
  • LeBron Miami-bound The decision is in and the King will join the Miami Heat LeBron Miami-bound The decision is in and the King will join the Miami Heat
  • Security Brief Holly Petraeus and the sacrifice, demands of military families for their service Security Brief Holly Petraeus and the sacrifice, demands of military families for their service
July 16th, 2010
02:24 PM ET
Share this on:
Share
Permalink

From U.S. Treasury Department – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Anwar al-Awlaki, a key leader for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a Yemen-based terrorist group. Awlaki was designated pursuant to Executive Order 13224 for supporting acts of terrorism and for acting for or on behalf of AQAP. Since its inception in January 2009, AQAP has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks against Saudi, Korean, Yemeni and U.S. targets. Executive Order 13224 freezes any assets Awlaki has under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with him.

“Anwar al-Aulaqi has proven that he is extraordinarily dangerous, committed to carrying out deadly attacks on Americans and others worldwide,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Stuart Levey. “He has involved himself in every aspect of the supply chain of terrorism - fundraising for terrorist groups, recruiting and training operatives, and planning and ordering attacks on innocents.”

Awlaki has pledged an oath of loyalty to AQAP emir, Nasir al-Wahishi, and plays a major role in setting the strategic direction for AQAP. Aulaqi has also recruited individuals to join AQAP, facilitated training at camps in Yemen in support of acts of terrorism, and helped focus AQAP’s attention on planning attacks on U.S. interests.

Since late 2009, Awlaki has taken on an increasingly operational role in the group, including preparing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to detonate an explosive device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, for his operation. In November 2009, while in Yemen, Abdulmutallab swore allegiance to the emir of AQAP and shortly thereafter received instructions from Awlaki to detonate an explosive device aboard a U.S. airplane over U.S. airspace. After receiving this direction from Awlaki, Abdulmutallab obtained the explosive device he used in the attempted Christmas Day attack.

Aulaqi was imprisoned in Yemen in 2006 on charges of kidnapping for ransom and being involved in an al-Qa’ida plot to kidnap a U.S. official but was released from jail in December 2007 and subsequently went into hiding in Yemen.

“Awlaki has sought to encourage his supporters to provide money for terrorist causes. Those who provide material support to Awlaki or AQAP violate sanctions and expose themselves to serious consequences,” continued Levey.

Today’s action supports the international effort to degrade AQAP’s capabilities to execute violent attacks and to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat its financial and support networks. The U.S. Government will continue to work with allies to identify and take action against persons acting for or on behalf of, or providing financial and other prohibited support to, Awlaki and AQAP.

Filed under: Security Brief

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

 
Subscribe RSS Icon
About this blog

“This Just In” is CNN's news blog. This is where you will find the latest news and information from CNN’s correspondents and sources around the world. We’ll cover fresh stories big and small – stories that are breaking, developing or otherwise driving the collective daily conversation, along with some items we find interesting and worth sharing. Our main blogger is Mallory Simon of CNN.com, with major assists from the staff of the CNN Wire and colleagues around the network.