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American Al Qaeda Spokesman Urges Attacks in U.S.

Adam Gadahn

This image from video released by IntelCenter Sunday, March 7, 2010, shows Adam Gadahn, featured in a video posted Sunday, coincidentally the day that his arrest by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi was announced. In the video the 31-year-old American al-Qaida spokesman called for Muslim violence, praising the U.S. Army major charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, as a role model for other Muslims. (AP/IntelCenter)

An American spokesman for Al Qaeda is urging Muslims in the United States and Europe to carry out attacks there.

In a video posted on militant websites Saturday, Adam Gadahn directed his appeal to Muslim immigrants in what he called the "miserable suburbs" of Paris, London and Detroit as well as those traveling to the West to study or work.

Gadahn grew up on a farm in California and converted to Islam before moving to Pakistan in 1998 and reportedly attending an Al Qaeda training camp. He has been wanted by the FBI since 2004.

He spoke in Arabic in the 48-minute video made available by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks terrorist activity.
Gadahn also sought to discredit attempts by moderate Muslim leaders to suppress the "jihadi awakening."