Al-Qaeda Video Calls On Faithful to Bomb Bush On Mideast Trip
“The occupied territories are awaiting their first visit by the crusader Bush and the mujahideen are also waiting for him.”
Al-Qaeda’s California Spokesperson
January 5, 2008
Adam Gadahn, the California spokesperson for Al-Qaeda, starred in the new year’s first Al-Qaeda fantasy production.
Gadahn and Al-Qaeda want Bush bombed while on his trip to the Middle East.
They also claim that the US has been beat on all fronts.
An image grab released by Al-Qaeda-linked media group as-Sahab shows Adam Gadahn, an American member of Al-Qaeda, at an unidentified time and place. Gadahn has urged Islamist militants to target US President George W. Bush “with bombs” during his trip to the Middle East next week, in a message posted online. (AFP/As-Sahab)
The AP reported on the new video release but forgot to mention the calls to bomb Bush:
Al Qaeda’s American-born member Adam Gadahn lashed out at the United States and its allies in new video posted Sunday, marking the terror network’s first message of 2008.
Gadahn, who was born in California, said Al Qaeda felt the need to release a statement to ordinary Americans after Washington’s “defeat” in Iraq and Afghanistan and failed attempts by U.S. President George W. Bush and other diplomats to bring peace to the Middle East.
“We felt it necessary to address the American people and explain to them some of the facts about these critical and fast-moving events,” said Gadahn, who wore a white and red headscarf.
“The first questions Americans might ask is has America really been defeated? The answer is yes and on all fronts,” he said.
In the 50-minute video, titled “An Invitation to Reflection and Repentance,” Gadahn spoke mostly in English and sat behind a table with a coffee cup and computer nearby. The video, which displayed the date of December 2007, could not immediately be independently verified but it appeared on a Web site often used by Islamic militants and carried the logo of Al Qaeda’s media wing, al-Sahab.
The UPI had more on the bombing of Bush:
“The occupied territories are awaiting their first visit by the crusader Bush and the mujahideen are also waiting for him,” said Gadahn, a California native.
He said Bush should be welcomed to the region “with bombs and traps,” ABC News reported Sunday.
Gadahn is featured on the latest al-Qaida propaganda video to be posted online by the group’s media wing, As Sahab. In the video, Gadahn tore up his U.S. passport to protest the imprisonment of fellow al-Qaida followers Abu Zubaydah, John Walker Lindh and Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman.
On the tape, Gadahn made reference to November’s U.S.-led Middle East peace conference, saying it was a gathering of Bush’s “loyal puppets.”
He also said the United States has been “unmistakably defeated” in Iraq in Afghanistan.
“They’re about to hand the whole mess over to local proxies who, if they haven’t already, shall soon rue the day they sold their souls and religion to the American devil,” Gadahn said.
That handover Gadahn is talking about is the Democratic plan for the Iraqis.
Sugiero has more on Gadahn.