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Yemen al-Qaida urges tribes to fight government

 FILE - This Oct. 2008 file photo shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Yemeni cleric and recruiter for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, in Yemen....
 Yemeni policemen patrol outside the state security court in San'a,Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Yemen put a U.S.-born radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki...
 A Yemeni policeman takes position outside the state security court in San'a,Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 2,2010. Yemen put a U.S.-born radical cleric, Anwar ...
 Yemeni policemen stand alert outside the state security court in San'a,Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 where the trial of a U.S.-born radical cleric, An...

Yemen-Al-Qaida Bombmaker

FILE - This Oct. 2008 file photo shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Yemeni cleric and recruiter for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, in Yemen....

Yemen Al-Qaida

Yemeni policemen patrol outside the state security court in San'a,Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Yemen put a U.S.-born radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki...

Yemen Al-Qaida

A Yemeni policeman takes position outside the state security court in San'a,Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 2,2010. Yemen put a U.S.-born radical cleric, Anwar ...

Yemen Al-Qaida

Yemeni policemen stand alert outside the state security court in San'a,Yemen, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 where the trial of a U.S.-born radical cleric, An...

A letter purportedly by al-Qaida militants from the tribe of U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki urges the tribe's leaders to join the group's fight against Yemen's government.
The letter, posted on militant Web sites Tuesday, suggests a possible split in the powerful Awalik tribe. It warns the tribe's leaders of "God's punishment" if they ally with the regime.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government has tried recently to organize tribal militias to aid its forces in the fight against al-Qaida in Yemen _ the group suspected behind the mail bombs from Yemen intercepted last week in Dubai and England.
The letter urges the leaders to "support us in the fight against God's enemies."