Sources said officials want to question several people, including a co-conspirator Nafis talked to about the plot. That person was arrested Wednesday in San Diego on unrelated child porn charges.
Stunned residents remember the extremist killed in last week’s U.S. drone strike as a former neighbor who “fit right in.” He lived in the area for 10 years with his parents, brother and sister, and attended a local mosque.
The State Department is warning the public that supporters of the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may try to retaliate following Friday’s military strike that killed the al-Qaeda recruiter and propagandist.
Kelly said Samir Khan, who was also killed in the attack, had extensive contacts in New York City and published the English language Inspire Magazine, which in its most recent issue identified Grand Central Station as a target.
In January 2009, President Barack Obama banned the use of waterboarding, but that controversial torture technique is now being credited with leading to the death of Osama bin Laden.
The American-born cleric behind the attempted Times Square bombing has now eclipsed Osama bin Laden as the biggest threat to American security.
Rep. Weiner is calling on Youtube to remove videos featuring Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric, who U.S. officials call an Al Qaeda operative.