You Won’t Believe The Bizarre Reason Al-Qaeda #2 Anwar al-Awlaki Joined The Organization

You’ve heard of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born Muslim cleric and jihadist mentor who rose to the No. 2 place in the global Al-Qaeda organization before he was blown apart in a drone strike in Yemen a couple of years ago.

What you might not know about Awlaki, whose pupils included Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to bring down a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear, is that he was a sexual pervert who regularly frequented prostitutes during his time serving as an imam at several American mosques

A well-known terrorist was apparently driven to jihad when the FBI uncovered his zeal for prostitutes.

Anwar al-Awlaki, a former imam, became the first American to be hunted and killed by a drone strike.

In the days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, al-Awlaki denounced them and presented himself as a moderate.

But the FBI had some doubts about him, so it began trailing him.

 Instead of finding links to terrorism, it found out the American-born married father of three was frequently soliciting prostitutes – the sort of thing he preached against, according to a new book, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, by Scott Shane.

While the imam told the Washington Post that Muslims needed to abstain from sex from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, he himself hot-footed it over to a hotel to have oral sex with a prostitute on during the forbidden hours, according to FBI files recounted in the New York Post.

Agents followed him to assignations in hotels all over Washington, DC. They then grilled the ladies of the evening, looking for any evidence that al-Awlaki was a terrorist or harbored ill will towards the U.S.

They never found any evidence that he did – but they did find lots of evidence of his sexual peccadilloes, ones that would surely destroy his career and reputation.

He was preaching that American television had spread immorality all over the world – and that Allah had sent the country AIDS as punishment.

Meanwhile, the women he paid for sex called him ‘clean,’ ‘sweet’ and ‘very nice.’ He spent hundreds of dollars for each encounter.

He may not have been a terrorist at the time, but he was certainly a hypocrite. Eventually, it caught up with him.

One of the women who ran an escort service he frequently used tipped him off that ‘an agent named Wade’ had been to her ‘girls’ asking questions about him.

Panicked, the cleric told his brother he would have to flee the country, lest his shameful actions come to light.

He ended up living abroad in the UK.

Soon, he fell into preaching a harder line against the West, and eventually he made his way to Yemen and became an extremist.

By the end of his life, he was the chief propaganda officer for al Qaeda’s branch, and began encouraging violent jihad.

Awlaki isn’t the first religious figure whose personal behavior didn’t match up with his preachings, but he might have been the first one whose sexual misconduct ultimately drove him to terrorism.

Either way, he’s gone – and there aren’t many in the non-jihadist world who miss him.

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