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Old 03-07-10, 05:38 PM
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Adam Gadahn reported captured

US al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn 'held in Pakistan'

A US-born spokesman for al-Qaeda has been arrested in Karachi, Pakistani security officials have said.

Adam Gadahn has appeared in a number of al-Qaeda videos, going back at least six years, encouraging violent jihad.

The latest emerged on Sunday - the same day as his arrest was reported - urging US Muslims to attack their own country.

He was charged with treason in the US in 2006 and a reward offered for his arrest - which has not yet been confirmed by Islamabad or Washington.

He was the first American charged with treason in more than 50 years.

Described by analysts as one of the best-known faces of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, Adam Gadahn has appeared frequently on videos encouraging attacks on Western targets.

His most recent was a 25-minute speech praising Muslim US army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 people on an army base at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.

He was also on a video released one year after the London transport bombings of 7 July 2005 in which one of the bombers, Shehzad Tanweer, appeared.

Adam Gadahn converted to Islam as a teenager in California and moved to Pakistan in 1998, according to the FBI. He is believed to have attended an al-Qaeda training camp six years later.

His reported capture will be seen as another victory for Pakistani security forces, says the BBC's Madeleine Morris, who have also arrested several high-profile Afghan Taliban leaders in recent weeks.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8554707.stm

Great news if it's confirmed!
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Old 03-07-10, 06:11 PM
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Wow. Very good news.

Informative New Yorker article:
"Azzam the American"
The making of an Al Qaeda homegrown.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...khatchadourian
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I'd never heard of this guy until today. Good news.
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So they captured an American? I hope Obama demands that he is treated as well as we have treated their terrorists.
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So they captured an American? I hope Obama demands that he is treated as well as we have treated their terrorists.
Presumably, he's being interrogated in accordance with the Army Field Manual, just like any other al Qaeda operative. Gadahn has already been indicted for treason in federal court in Los Angeles, and will presumably be put on trial there.
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I'm OK with a fair trial and a first class hanging in this case.
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NYT is reporting it's not him

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/wo...8qaeda.html?hp

Initial reports seemed to have confused him with Adam Gadahn, a California native who has been a Qaeda spokesman and often appears on videos calling for strikes against targets in the United States.

Senior administration officials said on Sunday that they did not believe the arrest was of Mr. Gadahn. For hours, information was difficult to confirm from Pakistan. President Obama was briefed on news reports of the arrest, but later learned they were most likely not correct.
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Damn.
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Let's just throw a bone to the ACLU and try this guy in civilian court no matter who he is.
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