Friday, September 30, 2011
SANAA, Yemen (WBTV) - A Charlotte man who ran the al-Qaida newsletter from Yemen was killed in a drone attack that also took out a prominent cleric Friday. Samir Khan, from Charlotte, just published a new issue of al-Qaeda's online magazine earlier this week. WBTV was the first to report about Khan in 2008 and at the time Khan began criticizing WBTV.
In addition to Khan, the U.S. airstrike Friday also killed American-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Khan, who was 22-years-old in 2008, was of Pakistani heritage from Charlotte who produced "Inspire," an English-language Web magazine which spread al-Qaida ideology and promoted attacks against U.S. targets, even running articles on how to put together explosives.
Khan was living in Yemen and his main article in the latest issue dealt with American media. In an earlier issue, Khan wrote that he had moved to Yemen and joined al-Qaida's fighters, pledging to "wage jihad for the rest of our lives."
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Charlotte man (Samir Khan) runs Al-Qaeda website; "Over the last year, Al-Qaeda also made a tactical decision to increase its production of online propaganda and make more of it accessible to English-speaking audiences."
Private investigator Bill Warner is in Florida studying Jihad-ist websites across the world. WBTV traveled to Sarasota to interview him because he says Charlotteans need to recognize someone in their backyard is helping the enemy, see video above. "His website is concise. Easy to read. Informative. If you want to be a terrorist, this is where you go," says Bill Warner. "He's (was) a great facilitator for Al-Qaeda."
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com