Oct 24, 2010
Yemen said on Sunday it had launched a manhunt for al Qaeda in its southern Shabwa province, the same day a U.S.-born Muslim cleric sought by Washington and thought to be hiding in that area appeared in an online video.
Late on Saturday, U.S.-based terrorism monitoring service SITE Institute released a video tape showing Anwar al-Awlaki sitting at a table in traditional Yemeni garb and delivering a religious lecture in Arabic.
Yemeni security forces and local tribes began combing the mountainous Said district in Shabwa for al Qaeda militants on Saturday morning, a security official in Shabwa told Reuters.
Members of Awlaki’s own tribe were helping with the search, the official said.