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article imageAmerican Al-Qaeda Adam Gadahn calls for terrorist attacks

By KJ Mullins     Jun 4, 2011 in World
On Friday a video message from American-born Al Qaeda spokesperson Adam Gadahn was released asking Muslims in America to carry out one-man terrorist attacks.
The video statement included Gadahn telling his followers to use automatic guns purchased at gun shows and to target major institutions and public figures. The message was not to wait for an order to perform a terrorist act but to attack whenever they can targeting Western and Jewish people.
For two hours Gadahn spoke on the two-part video, "Do Not Rely on Others, Take the Task Upon Yourself," that has appeared on jihadi websites. In the video old clips of Osama bin Laden and other leaders in the al Qaeda movement were used.
ABC News reports:
"Muslims in the West have to remember that they are perfectly placed to play an important and decisive part in the Jihad against the Zionists and crusaders, and to do major damage to the enemies of Islam, waging war on their religion, sacred places, and things, and brethren," says Gadahn. "This is a golden opportunity and a blessing."
Oregon born Gadahn tells western jihadis that they should not worry about being sent to prison because many have been jailed and released.
"If it's Allah's will that you be captured, then it's not the end the world, and it doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to spend the rest of your life in prison."
Gadahn has been on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list since 2004. He is the son of musician Phil Pearlman. Raised as a Christian he converted to Islam while a teenager in California. In 1998 he moved to Pakistan telling his family he was working as a journalist. He was not, instead Gadahn was rising through the ranks of al Qaeda as a senior commander to Bin Laden. His role was of translator, video producer and cultural interpreter.
It is believed that he is in hiding in Pakistan.
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