Al-Qaeda Invites Me to Join Its Ranks
by Daniel Pipes
Translations of this item:
By way of postscript, Gadahn praises three Westerners: Seymour Hersh, George Galloway, and Robert Fisk. This is in keeping with Osama bin Laden's praising William Blum. (September 2, 2006)
Sep. 3, 2006 update: Robert Spencer joins me in declining Gadahn's invitation.
Sep. 4, 2006 update: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross writes me that bin Laden also praised Robert Fisk, in an October 2004 video:
Also, Laura Mansfield has provided a complete transcript of the Gadahn-Zawahiri video.
Sep. 6, 2006 update: Michael Scheuer has analysed the Gadahn tape. His 1,250-word interpretation does not mention his being named in it, much less does Scheuer reply to Gadahn's invitation.
Sep. 7, 2006 update: Pierre Thomas and Jason Ryan Report of ABC News report that, in a sealed indictment, U.S. authorities have charged Gadahn with providing material support to terrorism. They believe him to be a top-ranking member of Al-Qaeda presently living in Pakistan and have considered charging him with treason. Charges may be publicly announced within the next week.
Oct. 11, 2006 update: A grand jury today indicted Adam Gadahn on treason charges, making him the first American thus charged since World War II. The accusations include treason, providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Al-Qaeda), and aiding and abetting terrorists.
Jan. 7, 2008 update: MEMRI reports on a video released yesterday (in which Gadahn is called "Yahya Adam"):
Feb. 7, 2008 update: News reports suggest that Gadahn, 32, has been killed by a U.S. bombing attack on a house in Mirali, North Waziristan, Pakistan.
May 30, 2008 update: The Federal Bureau of Investigation notes the media reports of Gadahn being killed but is agnostic on the matter and today issued a press release, "Publicity Campaign Launched in Afghanistan to Publicize $1 Million Reward for Adam Gadahn, American Fugitive Born in California and Charged with Treason." The text explains that "the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security … has already begun airing radio advertisements with information concerning the $1 million reward being offered for information about Gadahn. Additionally, printed materials including matchbooks, handbills and posters will be distributed throughout the region in the coming weeks."
June 13, 2008 update: The U.S. government is further upping the ante in its attempt to catch Adam Gadahn, as MSNBC explains:
Sep. 6, 2008 update: Adam Gadahn may be dead, killed near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in a a CIA-directed airstrike by a Hellfire missile, reports Nick Meo in the Sunday Telegraph (London). He is thought to have been killed in a January 2008 attack launched from a remotely piloted aircraft that killed al-Qaeda's then military commander, Abu Laith al-Libi, in Mir Ali, Waziristan. Alternatively, he may have been killed or demoted by jealous colleagues who found him too close to Osama bin Laden. In either case, Meo notes,
Oct. 4, 2008 update: Gadahn lives, as established by his referring to "the escalating chaos and looming meltdown of the Crusaders' economic system" and his lengthy analysis of the Musharraf resignation in a just-released video, "The Believer Isn't Stung from the Same Hole Twice" (made available by the Nine/Eleven Finding Answers Foundation, or NEFA).
Reader comments (86) on this item
Comment on this item
Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes