A U.S. official said Monday the latest video from fugitive cleric Anwar al-Awlaki "is just one more indication that he is an avowed terrorist who espouses murder and the killing of innocents."
"He continues to propagandize and also be a significant operational figure within AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula]," the official said. "He continues to plot attacks against the U.S. and our allies and he is not bashful about saying that himself."
The official says there was already a high-level of concern about al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula before the video from the American-born cleric, who is believed to be hiding in Yemen.
"We remain very focused on trying to thwart any AQAP plots that may be afoot," the official said.
The official said there is no credible information tied to a specific plot, "but we are taking the threat very, very, seriously."
The video, released over the weekend, warned of new attacks on Americans at home and abroad.