The imam’s role in the September 11 attack remains a painful, unanswered question for many Americans. In the years since, Awlaki has waded ever deeper into the waters of Islamic radicalism, openly joining forces with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based offshoot of Osama bin Laden’s group, in 2010.
U.S. Rep. Pete King recently opened a new investigation into Awlaki’s involvement with the plot, hoping to shake loose details that could clarify what the American imam knew and when he knew it.
There’s good reason to take a fresh look. The case that Awlaki was involved in September 11 is not complete and not definitive, but it most certainly deserves a tough examination. What follows, based on hundreds of pages of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and the 9/11 Commission, is not the last word on Awlaki’s connection to the plot; consider it an opening argument.
J.M. Berger outlines Anwar al-Awlaki’s ties to the 9/11 hijackers. The American-born al Qaeda cleric was killed in a drone strike in Yemen yesterday.
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