- Al-Qaeda linked Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011
- But a search for his name brought up about 70,000 YouTube videos last year
- His hate-filled preaching inspired Islamist groomers based in Manchester
- Recordings of his rants were found among possessions of aspiring Bolton jihadi
- Binman who encouraged people to take up jihad called al-Awlaki his 'brother'
- The US-born extremist counted two of the 9/11 hijackers among his followers
An Islamist hate preacher's videos have been taken off YouTube after the American extremist inspired terrorists in the UK.
Anwar al-Awlaki uploaded tens of thousands of clips to the site, all of which were removed by owners Google in the first action of its kind by the tech giant.
This is the first time an individual has been subject to such action and was in response to videos endorsing violence as religious duty - a message taken up by extremists across Greater Manchester.
A US government drone strike killed al-Awlaki in Yemen six years ago after he was suspected of being a senior figure in al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the 9/11 attacks.
Anwar al-Awlaki uploaded tens of thousands of videos encouraging extremism before he was killed in a drone strike by the US government, who believed he was a senior figure in al-Qaeda
But his speeches remained online, influencing Manchester binman Darren Glennon, who changed his name to Aabid Ali before being jailed in May for five years and four months, according to the Manchester Evening News.
He was convicted of terror offences that included encouraging people to take up jihad in comments left on YouTube.
Ali described al-Awlaki as a 'beautiful brother and a great man' after becoming 'deeply radicalised' by his videos, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Binman and Muslim convert Darren Glennon renamed himself Aabid Ali before encouraging people to take up jihad online
Wannabe jihadi Asim Kausar, from Bolton, possessed mp3 recordings of al-Awlaki when he wrote a letter declaring 'I want to fight jihad' in 2012, when he collected terrorist instruction material and compiled a list of guns and ammunition he wanted to buy.
The 26-year-old was jailed for two years and three months after he admitted four counts of collecting a record of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.
A terror gang from South Manchester was convicted of grooming vulnerable individuals to turn them into jihadis after one of its members tried to radicalise an undercover police officer with writings by al-Awlaki.
Munir Farooqi, Harris Farooqi, Matthew Newton, Israr Malik were convicted in 2011 after Newton unwittingly handed the text to the officer.
Munir Farooq was part of a group in Greater Manchester that tried to groom vulnerable people to convert them to extremism
Google is understood to be cracking down on extremist material on YouTube by working with anti-terror experts to find material that could incite violence.
Searching al-Awlaki's name on the site in autumn last year brought up about 70,000 videos.
The same search today reveals fewer than 20,000, with most videos being about him, rather than by him.
American born al-Awlaki was linked to the failed bombing of a 2009 Christmas Day flight from the Netherlands to Detroit and counted 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi among his supporters.
He also lived in London for two years lecturing Muslims.
In 2011 Barack Obama said the preacher's death was 'a milestone in the broader efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates'.