A Yemeni court sentenced a radical Islamic cleric to ten years in prison Monday. 

The nation’s state-run SABA news agency said Anwar Al-Awlaki was convicted on charges of agitating to kill foreigners and for forming an armed gang to target law enforcement last November. 

An American native of New Mexico, al-Awlaki allegedly has strong ties to known terrorists and CNN says that Western intelligence officials believe him to be a senior leader of al Qaeda's Yemeni branch.  Al-Awlaki is accused of exchanging emails with Nidal Malik Hassan, the U.S. major accused of killing 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, just one month prior to Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab attempted to blow up a flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan on Christmas Day 2009. U.S. officials suspect al-Awlaki of recruiting Abdul Mutallab. 

Last year, CNN says YouTube removed several videos featuring al-Awlaki, all sanctioning violence.

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