October 24th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Yemen searches for cleric linked to Ft. Hood rampage


Militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, pictured in a video released by the SITE Intelligence Group on October 23.

Yemeni security forces have swept into a region of the country thought to be a haven for al Qaeda, the governing party says.

More than 1,000 soldiers and security officials are involved in the operation in Shabwa province, the al-Motamer party said on its Web site Saturday. The United States believes Yemeni-American militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is in the region.

 The cleric has been linked to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan and failed Christmas bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab. Yemen is not specifically targeting him in the operation.

The offensive comes after the governor of the province delivered an ultimatum to local tribes to "eradicate" al Qaeda operatives themselves or the army would move in, a Yemeni government official told CNN Sunday. FULL STORY

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Michelle

    He's in Bulgaria.

    October 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States.
    if anyone believes Yeman is helping us.Then they had to be promised something of real value.

    October 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Floria sigmundi

    Isn't Yemen hostile


    October 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gilbert

    People should eat more fiber. Thank you

    October 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gilberto

    Peeples shood drinky more agua. gracias

    October 24, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. k

    dr bad, is that you?

    October 25, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. doug

    This nut ball serial killer needs to be found soon, I think Briton and United States, should double the reward money,to capture,find or kill him, same with binladen!!! And definitely stop giving money to Pakistan. Until they give him up!!!!!

    October 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |