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House to Probe Muslim Operative’s Mysterious Role in 9/11

Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 04:58 PM

By David A. Patten

The House Homeland Security Committee has asked the Justice Department for help in investigating whether extremist Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki played a key role in harboring the 9/11 terrorists prior to the attacks.

Fox News reported has obtained a three-page letter from GOP Rep. Peter King to Attorney General Eric Holder. It suggests the full story of the 9/11 attacks has never been told.

There have been previous reports that al-Awlaki had contact with at least three of the five hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 77 prior to the attacks. That aircraft was the one that slammed into the west wall of the Pentagon, killing 184 people.

“I believe that al-Awlaki may have played greater roles in the terrorist attacks of 9/ll, as well as other terrorist plots, than those of which we have previously aware,” King wrote in the letter.

According to Fox National Correspondent Catherine Herridge, investigators have long wondered why 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed would send operatives who could not speak English to live in ghetto neighborhoods in San Diego -- unless someone was there to meet them and help them blend in.

King’s letter suggests that al-Awlaki may have been an al-Qaida operative prior to the 9/11 attacks. Officials believe that at least three of the 9/11 hijackers attended sermons delivered by the cleric, as did Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan.

Al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, earned a civil engineering degree from Colorado State University, and a Master’s Degree from San Diego State University.

In early 2001, al-Awlaki moved from San Diego to a new mosque in Falls Church, Va. Other terrorists seemed to follow him there prior to the hijacking of Flight 77.

Al-Awlaki left the United States in 2002. Today, as one of the world’s most wanted terrorists and a leader of al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, he is believed to be hiding in Yemen.

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