American Man Appears on Tape With Zawahiri

Associated Press
Sunday, September 3, 2006

CAIRO, Sept. 2 -- An American thought to be an al-Qaeda activist appeared in a videotape with the network's deputy leader Saturday and called on his countrymen to convert to Islam.

The 48-minute video, posted on an Islamic insurgent Web site, contained footage of al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and of Adam Yahiye Gadahn, an American who the FBI believes attended al-Qaeda training camps in Pakistan and served as an al-Qaeda translator.

In the video, Gadahn urged U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghan wars and delivered a lecture on Islam and the "errors" in Christianity and Judaism.

It was the second time Gadahn had appeared in a video with al-Zawahiri, who gave only a brief introduction to the video that also called on Americans to convert to Islam.

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