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Oct 24, 2010
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TV Report on US Congressman Weiner's Demand to Remove Videos of Yemeni-American Jihadi Cleric Al-Awlaki from YouTube

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Source: Al-Arabiya Network (Dubai/Saudi Arabia)

The following report aired on Al-Arabiya TV on October 25, 2010:

Reporter: At a time when talk is mounting about an electronic war waged by various parties, over the Internet or satellite TV, it has been noted that superpowers, such as the US and Britain, display great interest in that war.

After Wikileaks published some 400,000 secret documents about the war in Iraq, a new issue has emerged: a demand that YouTube remove all the videos of the American cleric of Yemini origin Anwar Al-Awlaki, who has been dubbed "the Ban Laden of the Internet."

This demand was made by a Democratic Congressman from New York, 48 hours after the emergence of a new video by Al-Awlaki, who is wanted by Washington dead or alive. The congressman noted that hundreds of Al-Awlaki videos appear on YouTube, and the number of viewings of these videos has exceeded 3.5 million.

The US is not hiding its concern about the electronic warfare, and it has allocated billions of dollars for this warfare. Senior American officials say that Al-Awlaki has exchanged emails with Major Nidal Hassan, who killed 13 people, when he opened fire at the Fort Hood military base. Al-Awlaki also helped to recruit Nigerian national Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who has been accused of trying to blow up a Northwest airliner, as it was landing in Detroit on Christmas Day.

The officials confirmed that Al-Awlaki was on the list of people to be killed or arrested by the US military or the CIA.


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