Al-Qaeda Cleric Back In Headlines After Charlie Hebdo Attack
Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born radical cleric killed in 2011, has been linked to the Charlie Hebdo massacre.By Matt Picht | January 12, 2015
Al-Qaeda's former chief propagandist is back in the headlines after his name was mentioned during a brief TV interview with a suspect in the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
He told BFM-TV, "I, Chérif Kouachi, was sent by Al-Qaeda of Yemen. I went there and it was Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki — may God have mercy on him — who sponsored me."
The name Anwar al-Awlaki has come up in terror plots before. Many Western radicals cite the American-born al-Awlaki's fiery English-language sermons as a major influence.