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

July 19, 2010 - 1:10 PM
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.
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 websites 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.