Even before the attempted Christmas Day airplane bombing, the United States backed an airstrike in Yemen on Christmas Eve. But that attack appears to have failed to kill one of its targets, Anwar Awlaki. A Yemeni journalist tells ABC News that he has spoken with Awlaki since the attack. “He said the house that was attacked was two or three kilometers away from him and he was not there.” The bombing was supposed to hit a meeting of Al Qaeda leaders in Rafd. Awlaki, a radical cleric who was in contact with Nidal Malik Hassan, the alleged Fort Hood shooter, and is believed to have been in contact with the accused Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, denies being a part of al Qaeda. The Wall Street Journal says Awlaki is “emerging as the central focus” of the attempted Christmas Day bombing.
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