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American Al Qaeda Spokesman Releases New Video

Posted: October 10, 2008

In a new video featuring Adam Yahiye Gadahn, the American Muslim convert who joined Al Qaeda in the late 1990s threatens the “Zionist-crusader enemy” and criticizes Pakistani authorities.


Released on October 4, 2008, by Al Sahab, Al Qaeda’s media wing, the video covers a variety of issues including the U.S. economic crisis and Al Qaeda’s presence in Kashmir and the Pakistani tribal regions. The 32-minute video is both an analysis of current events and the “current state of jihad against the Zionist-crusaders and their allies.”


In the video, Gadahn calls for all Muslims to put aside their differences, unite against the West and “hasten, Allah willing, the defeat of the Zionist-crusader enemy.”  He also states that the U.S. economic crisis is a result of financial strain from the American military presence in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Attributing the economic crisis to America’s disregard of Islamic law, Gadahn cites, “Allah’s revealed laws, which forbid interest bearing transactions, exploitation, greed, and injustice in all its forms, and demand the worship of Allah alone to the exclusion of all false gods, including money and power.”  He explains that “the enemies of Islam are facing a crushing defeat, which is beginning to manifest itself in the extending crisis their economy is experiencing.”


Gadahn criticizes Pakistan for their involvement in the U.S. led war on terror and expresses his disdain for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and the rest of the Pakistani leadership, referring to their policy making as “satanic scheming in Islamabad.”  The video also includes excerpts of statements from Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri justifying the war against the West.  


Gadahn has been featured in several videos produced by Al Sahab since 2004.  His video appearances, which are mostly in English and geared toward Western audiences, demonstrate his anti-Semitic and anti-Christian views and have consistently been marked by threats against America and its allies.

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