Anwar al Awlaki’s son hoped ‘to attain martyrdom as my father attained it’

Anwar al Awlaki’s son said he hoped “to attain martyrdom as my father attained it” just hours before he was killed in a US Predator airstrike in Yemen in mid-October, according to a journalist who sympathizes with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Abdul Rahman al Awlaki, Anwar’s 16-year-old son and an American citizen, made the statement to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s emir of the city of Azzam in Shabwa province. Azzan is one of several Yemeni cities currently under AQAP control.

“His sadness reached its peak after the American planes assassinated his father,” said Abdul Razzaq al Jamal, a Yemeni journalist from Al Wasat, according to a statement posted on jihadist forums that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. Jamal spent weeks with AQAP in the Zinjibar area and elsewhere in southern Yemen, and wrote articles that sympathized with the terror group’s attempts to control the region.

“But when he said to the Emir [Leader] of the city of Azzam, ‘I hope to attain martyrdom as my father attained it,’ it did not come to his mind that this will happen, and just one day after he said it. This actually happened. The son joined the father in another American raid that came only two weeks apart from the one that assassinated his father,” Jamal continued.

Jamal said that AQAP members referred to Abdul Rahman, as “Usayyid,” or the lion’s cub, and intimated that Abdul Rahman would one day replace his father.

“The word ‘usayyid’ is the diminutive form of the word ‘assad [lion],’ and in this name is

a reference to an Arab proverb: ‘This cub is from that lion,'” Jamal said.

Jamal also said that Abdul Rahman’s death was intentionally planned by the US “so that America would not be afflicted in the future with another Awlaki of the same type as Sheikh Anwar.”

AQAP attacked an oil pipeline in the Belhaf area of Shabwa province immediately after Abdul Rahman was killed, according to Jamal.

Abdul Rahman was killed in a Predator strike in Shabwa province on Oct. 14. The strike targeted Ibrahim al Bana, AQAP’s media emir. Al Bana was not killed in the attack. Abdul Rahman’s death sparked outrage from the Awlaki family, which has claimed the teenager was not involved in terrorism and was merely in Shabwa to search for his father, who had been killed two weeks earlier.

Anwar was killed in a US Predator drone airstrike on Sept. 30 in Yemen’s Al Jawf province, where al Qaeda is known to operate training camps. In addition to serving as a recruiter and ideologue for AQAP, Anwar is known to have played a role in directing terror attacks against the US. [See LWJ report, Awlaki’s emails to terror plotter show operational role, for more information.]

In a recent audiotape, Nassar al Awalki, Abdul Rahman’s grandfather, said that his grandson was not an “operational figure” in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and lauded the work of his son, Anwar. Nassar said “it is the job of all of us to spread his [Anwar’s] knowledge and keep it alive.” The audiotape was released last weekend on YouTube by Anjem Choudary, a radical Islamist preacher in Britain who leads the banned group Muslims Against Crusades. [See LWJ report, Nassar al Awlaki urges the spread of his son Anwar’s teachings, for more information on Nassar and his audiotape.]

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • namvet says:

    hi hi. Like father like son.

  • scott says:

    Luckily for him we can oblige him,we have many hellfire missiles

  • Mr T says:

    Sounds like the whole family is in on this. They apparently support murder themselves if it furthers their cause.

  • Gerald says:

    Mission Accomplished!!

  • FedCop1 says:

    Careful what you wish for….

  • Bengal Voice says:

    Talk about a death wish ! I hope he gets his wish soon. The ISAF can arrange for this brat to meet his father. 😉

  • Matrydom seeker says:

    Mashallah he got what he wanted… I hope to join them too, a shame there’s no drones where I am right now.

  • Thoughtfulinchicago says:

    So because someone says these things were said, now we all roll over and justify it is okay? People better be careful of what they wish for.

  • Just another vet says:

    You should all READ the article fully.
    He was killed two weeks after his father Anwar. Just like Anwar.
    Good for him… he got his wish! I hope more of them make the same wish. We are more than capable of making these ones come true.

  • Eddie D. says:

    This is the time to be jolly. We need to give them all a jolly ol time. Send him a Christmas Card by way of an unmanned Reaper.

  • Nic Vasilchek says:

    Uncle Sam, “Wish Granted, Abdul!”

  • James says:

    It’s like they are just ‘dying’ to be dead.
    The one thing that stands out at least to me concerning ‘papa’ Awlaki, his statement that, “We love death more than you love life.”
    With such a pathetic and pathological personality profile as that, what else could our people do but much oblige them in their [so-called] ‘calling.’
    It literally adds a whole new ‘universe’ to the phrase “misery loves company.”
    Any human being that would author an article titled, “How to Build a Bomb in Your Mom’s Kitchen,” has to be an awfully demented and evil person.
    These kind of people need to be eliminated. This world will be much better off without them.
    Are they grateful? Our people are doing them a favor.
    To end their misery it might as well fit the definition of a mercy killing.
    Send them all off to Allah’s ‘la la’ land.

  • Infidel4LIFE says:

    He got his wish. BHO has killed more AQ members in 3 yrs than Bush did in 8. Thank you POTUS.

  • Tim says:

    So, on the one hand, we kill two terrorists (good riddance), and on the other hand there’s this quote from another article:
    “The Obama administration is considering repatriating some Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan as part of a diplomatic effort to engage the Taliban.”
    Am i missing something here?? Keep them in Gitmo until their bones turn to dust, is my view.


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