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American Al Qaeda Spokesman Resurfaces in Video

Posted: April 20, 2009

Adam Yahiye Gadahn, an American Muslim convert who joined Al Qaeda in the late 1990s, urged Muslims to provide assistance to suicide bombers with "money and men" and criticized America and Israel as "forces of evil" in a video produced by Al Sahab, Al Qaeda's media wing, on April 13, 2009.

 

In the 90 minute video, titled "How to Prevent a Repeat of the Gaza Holocaust," Gadahn said, "The enemy isn't represented by the Jews and treasonous rulers alone.  No, the most important member of this satanic alliance is the unbelieving West."

 

Gadahn blamed America for "killing hundreds of thousands of defenseless inhabitants" in Iraq and Afghanistan.  "America is ruled by a political, economic, social and cultural entity, which carries in its folds hostility to many of the world's weak and oppressed, among them, the Muslims," he said.

 

Gadahn also accused the "Jewish lobby" of pressuring Charles Freeman to withdraw his nomination for Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.  Gadahn claimed, "Freeman's assertion that Israel's policies don't coincide with the interests of the American people was enough to earn him the wrath of the Zionist lobby." 

 

In one section of the video, called "Martyrdom Operations," Gadahn gave a step-by-step explanation of how a suicide attack is planned and carried out.  The video showed several suicide bombers giving their last will and testament prior to carrying out an attack, where several of them encouraged Muslim youth to join the jihad.

 

During Gadahn's explanation of an attack, he revealed a new Al Qaeda technique of placing number of rocket launchers on the roof of a vehicle roof to be fired at the target before detonating the car.  Footage in the video demonstrated this new technique being used in an attack.

 

In another section of the video, militants are shown sitting in a circle singing, "Oh my, Oh me, How I long to slaughter Sharon the Jew."

 

Gadahn condemned President Barack Obama for his support of Israel and video footage shows Obama speaking at a conference with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby based in Washington, D.C.  Gadahn also claims that Obama is planning to "increase the size of American forces in Afghanistan in order to spill more blood there and in Pakistan."  In addition, he argues that American politicians have an "entrenched hatred of Islam and Muslims."

 

The video contained excerpts from previously released footage of several different Al Qaeda leaders.  For example, Al Qaeda spokesman Abu Yahya al-Libi called followers to strike "the Jews and the states which supply and help them in every way possible."  In another excerpt, which was originally released as an audio message in February 2009, Al Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri urged the mujahideen to attack Jews all over the world, saying "Crusader and Jewish targets are spread all over the world."

 

Excerpts of a statement from Osama bin Laden also aired in the video, where he pleaded with Muslim businessmen to give money to jihad, despite their "fear of America and its agents."

 

Gadahn also mentioned Bernard Madoff, who was convicted of running a $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme in March 2009, calling him "the super corrupt Jewish director of Dow Jones."  The Madoff scandal has caused an anti-Semitic reaction in some of the most popular newspaper sites, blogs and message board on the Internet.

 

Gadahn ended the video by praising the fall of the "enemy, [which] under the leadership of the unbelieving West has begun to stagger and falter, and the results of his unabated bleeding have begun to show on his economies, which are on the brink of failure."

 

A copy of a U.S. army handbook called "Route Clearance," which Gadahn claimed was seized during an attack on U.S. forces, was released along with the video.

 

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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