YouTube Withdraws Cleric’s Videos

Under pressure from American and British officials, YouTube on Wednesday removed from its site some of the hundreds of videos featuring calls to jihad by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born, Yemen-based cleric who has played an increasingly public role in inspiring violence directed at the West.Last week, a British official pressed for the videos to be removed and a New York congressman, Anthony Weiner, sent YouTube a letter listing hundreds of videos featuring the cleric. The requests took on greater urgency after two powerful bombs hidden in cargo planes were intercepted en route from Yemen to Chicago on Friday, with the prime suspect being the Yemen-based group Mr. Awlaki is affiliated with, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. see:Islamist website urges users to target MPs
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorist unit was last night investigating an Islamist website that appears to incite its users to attack MPs who voted for the Iraq war.The website, called, was visited by the radicalised student Roshonara Choudhry, who was jailed for life this week for stabbing the MP Stephen Timms. Choudhry: I wanted to die … I wanted to be a martyr
Exclusive: Transcripts obtained by the Guardian of police interviews with Roshonara Choudhry, jailed for trying to kill Labour MP Stephen Timms, reveal extremist cleric’s influenceThe gifted student jailed for life for trying to assassinate MP Stephen Timms told police she had wanted to die as a martyr after watching more than 100 hours of video sermons from the extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki which she had come upon on the internet.The Guardian has obtained transcripts of police interviews with Roshonara Choudhry conducted hours after her arrest for stabbing the Labour former minister twice at his constituency surgery in Beckton, east London, in May 2010.The transcripts give a unique insight into how a young and highly educated Briton came to be convinced by material on the internet that she should throw away her glittering future by attempting to murder Timms. Choudhry: Police interview extracts
Conducted on 14 May 2010, about four hours after her arrest for stabbing Stephen Timms, in Forest Gate police station urges action over extremist U.S. website
“Jihadist content” on a U.S.-based website calling for action against MPs who backed the Iraq War has been removed after Britain contacted U.S. authorities, police said on Friday.The site printed the details after Roshonara Choudhry was jailed for life on Wednesday for stabbing former minister Stephen Timms twice during an advice surgery in east London in May in revenge for his support for the war.

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