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May 13, 2016 9:20 am

Al-Qaeda Operative Says High-Level Terrorist al-Awlaki Wanted to Target Israelis

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An Al-Qaeda terrorist admitted that Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, pictured, encouraged him to target both Americans and Israelis at London’s Heathrow Airport. Photo: Muhammad ud-Deen.

An Al-Qaeda terrorist admitted that Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, pictured, encouraged him to target both Americans and Israelis at London’s Heathrow Airport. Photo: Muhammad ud-Deen.

JNS.org – An al-Qaeda terrorist operative facing sentencing in a New York court next week has revealed that late Islamist bomb-making instructor Anwar al-Awlaki — the first US citizen whose death by drone strike without a trial was authorized by President Barack Obama — had encouraged the operative to target both Americans and Israelis at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The American-born al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen in 2011. Before his death, he became a major jihadi preacher in the West.

Minh Quang Pham, a Vietnamese-British man who had converted to Islam and joined al-Qaeda, said al-Awlaki told him to use bombs to kill Americans and Israelis, according to court documents cited by the New York Times. In particular, Pham revealed that al-Awlaki gave him $10,000 to carry out an attack at Heathrow Airport.

Pham, who never went through with those attacks, has pleaded guilty to three terror-related charges for his involvement with al-Qaeda. He will be sentenced on Monday.

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