The father of a fugitive Muslim-American cleric is reaching out to the United States in a bid to suspend the U.S. manhunt for his son for three months.
Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar al-Awlaki, tells CNN that if the U.S. suspends the "kill or capture" order on his son, he will do his best to persuade him to come out of hiding.
CNN interviewed Dr. al-Awlaki by phone and e-mail when he was in Yemen. Al-Awlaki is also calling on his son to "... declare that he is not going to make any specific sermon or statements against the United States of America," during this three-month period.
He says he hopes his son and the U.S. and Yemeni governments consider his proposal seriously. He says that he hasn't spoken with his son in several months and that he doesn't know how to reach him. He hopes his son will receive his message via CNN.
A U.S. official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that the U.S. government has targeted Anwar al-Awlaki for killing or capture.
The official, who is not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said, "We would be remiss if we didn't find ways to pursue someone who is a serious threat to this country and has plotted against Americans."