Years after his death in a drone strike, Awlaki continues to inspire acts of terror.
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Five years after Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike, he keeps inspiring acts of terror. Investigators say a bomb that rocked New York a week ago, injuring more than two dozen people, was the latest in a long line of incidents in which the attackers were inspired by Awlaki, an American imam who became an Al-Qaeda propagandist.Rahami's father has said he went to the FBI two years ago in part because he was concerned about his son's admiration for Awlaki and the time he spent watching his videos advocating holy war.Terror experts say Awlaki remains a dangerous inciter of homegrown terror. Among the attackers who investigators and terror experts say were inspired by Awlaki and his videos: the couple who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shootings, which left 14 people dead in December, and the brothers behind the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others in April 2013 .In one 45-minute video, Awlaki said U.S. deaths are justified and encouraged, citing what he called U.S. intentional killing of Muslim civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
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