Radical Cleric Urges Jihadists to Steal

Anwar al-Awlaki is urging jihadists to steal from people or institutions that don’t believe in his holy war.

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Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical cleric with ties to al-Qaeda, is using his online magazine, Inspire, to urge jihadists to steal “booty”—money and property—from people or institutions that don’t believe in his holy war. And it’s not really theft, he adds, explaining that ill-gotten wealth is really just fuel for jihad. “The reasoning behind comparing booty to hunting and wood gathering is because the property which exists in the hands of the disbelievers is not considered to be rightfully theirs,” writes al-Awlaki, a key suspect in the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas 2009.

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