Friday, January 4, 2013

Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki booked flights for the 9/11 hijackers

Within days of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the FBI suspected American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki had booked flights for the hijackers.

The reason for the flights remains unclear, but 9/11 Commission report later noted that the hijackers had used flights in the run-up to the attacks to test security and surveillance.

Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, had become the lead figure for al-Qaeda and the offshoot al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the years after Osama bin Laden went into hiding.