A man identified as Adam Yehiye Gadahn, an American who the FBI believes attended al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaida translator, speaks during part of a 41-minute video posted on an Islamic militant Web site Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006 – nine days before the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Gadahn is also known as “Azzam the American.” The video also showed Al-Qaida’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri.
An American thought to be an al-Qaida activist appeared in a videotape with the terror group’s deputy leader Saturday and called on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
The 48-minute video, posted on an Islamic militant Web site, had footage of al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, and of Adam Yehiye Gadahn, a 28-year-old American who the FBI believes attended al-Qaida training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaida translator.
It was the second time Gadahn appeared in the same video with al-Zawahri. In a July 7 video marking the one-year anniversary of the terror attack on London commuters, Gadahn appeared briefly, saying no Muslim should “shed tears” for Westerners killed by al-Qaida attacks.
Iâ€™m including two videos here: the new one from AQ and another one that was posted a few weeks ago to YouTube. Watch them both or else you wonâ€™t fully understand the terms of the â€œinvitation.â€ Thanks to Rusty Shackleford of the Jawa Report for the first clip and Charles Johnson of LGF for the second.
And Allah has the other video here – sort of a prequel.
Michelle Malkin has transcribed some of the video of Adamn Gadahn:
“Islam is the only religion acceptable to God and came with the revealed book, the Koran, which abrogates all previous revelations, like the Torah and Evangel… God recognizes no separation between religion and state…”
“To Americans and the rest of Christendom we say, either repent (your) misguided ways and enter into the light of truth or keep your poison to yourself and suffer the consequences in this world and the next…”
“If the Zionist crusader missionaries of hate and counter-Islam consultants like Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, Michael Scheuer, Steven Emerson, and yes, even the crusader-in-chief George W. Bush were to abandon their unbelief and repent and enter into the light of Islam and turn their swords against the enemies of God, it would be accepted of them and they would be our brothers in Islam. And we send a special invitation to all of you fighting Bush’s crusader pipe dream in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else W. has sent you to die.”
Reuters’ brief report doesn’t mention Gadahn’s targeting of Pipes, Emerson, Scheuer, and Spencer. Gadahn also extended a special plea to one of al Qaeda’s favorite journalists, Seymour Hersh.
“Why not surrender to the truth? Escape from the unbelieving army and join the winning side. As for those who have expressed their respect and admiration for Islam, and acknowledged that it is the truth and demonstrated the support and sympathy for the Muslims and their causes like George Galloway, Robert Fisk, and countless others, I say to them, isn’t it time you stopped sitting on the fence and came over to the side of truth? …Abandon unbelief and accept the truth.”
Michelle has more:
Robert Spencer responds to Gadahn…
Al-Qaida’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri speaks in a new videotape issued Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. The video was posted on an Islamic militant Web site nine days before the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Sounds easy enough doesn’t it?
CONVERT TO ISLAM OR DIE
Ummmmmm NO WAY…….
But, what does this video mean?
The Counterterrorism Blog has The “Azzam” Threat: A prelude to Future Jihad in America
By Walid Phares
(EDITOR’s NOTE, 9/3/06: The transcript of the video is on Laura Mansfield’s website.) The video tape issued by al Qaedaâ€™s â€œas-sahhabâ€ production, in which Ayman Zawahiri introduces Jihadist Adam Gahdan to the world as a senior speaker to the American people on behalf of the movement, should be taken seriously. Not necessarily at the level of detecting the next Terror attack but at the level of understanding this prelude to Future Jihad both in America and within the West. I wasnâ€™t surprised at all by the 45 minutes elaboration by convert Gahdan regarding all of the issues he raised. For â€œAzzam al Amrikeeâ€ is the clearest specimen of Jihadismâ€™s second generation within the US, in as much as the 7/7 videos revealed the type of future Jihadists for Great Britainâ€™s second generation. However, when one would listen carefully to the taped video, youâ€™d find a treasure of knowledge and indicators for the current state of thinking of al Qaeda and its ideologues. In short it is a sample of what is on the mind of Salafi Jihadists for the United States and the West.
Read it all.