Al-Qaida Cleric: Yemen to be Obama's Afghanistan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CAIRO (AP) - A U.S.-born, Al-Qaida-linked cleric has issued an English-language address to the American people warning them that President Barack Obama will mire U.S. forces in Yemen just as Afghanistan.

The 13-minute audio message, in English, appeared Monday on Jihadi Web sites popular with Al-Qaida and comes just days after the U.S. Treasury Department put Anwar Al-Awlaki on its list of specially designated global terrorists.

In the message, Al-Awlaki says that while George W. Bush “got America stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq ... Obama wants to be remembered as the President who got America stuck in Yemen.”

Al-Awlaki, who is on the run in Yemen, is believed to have had contacts with the accused bomber in the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a U.S. airliner.

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