Sen. Graham says U.S. al-Qaida operative an enemy combatant

Sen. Graham says U.S. al-Qaida operative an enemy combatant

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- U.S.-born al-Qaida follower Adam Gadahn should be treated as an enemy combatant and captured or killed by U.S. forces, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.
Government's case against leaker Bradley Manning drawing to a close

Government's case against leaker Bradley Manning drawing to a close

FORT MEADE, Md., July 2 (UPI) -- Prosecutors began ending their case against U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of leaking sensitive data, by focusing on Osama bin Laden's WikiLeaks use.

American al-Qaida spokesman in new video

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A new propaganda video supporting rebel uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa was released by U.S.-born al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn.
U.S.-born al-Qaida operative rips Obama

U.S.-born al-Qaida operative rips Obama

WASHINGTON, June 21 (UPI) -- Barack Obama is a "treacherous, bloodthirsty" president who won't prevent a terror attack on the United States, U.S.-born al-Qaida operative Adam Gadahn said.

Mistaken identiy on Gadahn, Pakistan says

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 9 (UPI) -- Pakistani authorities withdrew their claim that a suspected American citizen captured in Karachi is the U.S.-born al-Qaida fugitive Adam Gadahn.

U.S. born al-Qaida member reported caught

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 7 (UPI) -- A U.S.-born member of the terror group al-Qaida has been arrested in Pakistan but authorities said it was not Adam Gadahn, as had been previously reported.
Mullen in Kabul amid al-Qaida sympathies

Mullen in Kabul amid al-Qaida sympathies

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Washington should be chastised for it attacks on Muslims fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an American member of al-Qaida said in a video message.

Al-Qaida releases condolence message

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida has released an English-language message offering "condolences" to its "unintended Muslim victims" in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Al-Qaida calls U.S economic crisis a win

Al-Qaida calls U.S economic crisis a win

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida has released a new video featuring American member Adam Gadahn, who declares the current U.S. economic crisis a victory for the terrorist organization.

U.S. intensifies search for 'traitor'

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 2 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say they are ramping up efforts to track down a top al-Qaida lieutenant from Orange County, Calif., who has been charged with treason.

Analysis: Bush goes into heart of beast

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- As President Bush is about to begin an eight-day tour of the Middle East -- part of the post-Annapolis, Md., effort to get the peace process moving -- al-Qaida's so-called American spokesman asked followers of the terror organization to greet the American president with "bombs and booby-trapped vehicles."
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

American militant urges attacks on Bush

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- American al-Qaida militant Adam Gadahn urged his followers to attack U.S. President George Bush during his visit to the Middle East this week.

Al-Qaida spokesman indicted for treason

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. citizen believed to be a fugitive in Pakistan was indicted in California Wednesday on charges of treason and aiding al-Qaida.

American rose through al-Qaida's ranks

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say in a sealed indictment in Los Angeles they think a Californian is a valued propagandist in the United States for al-Qaida.

U.S. al-Qaida member charged

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. citizen who joined the terrorist organization al-Qaida has been charged in the United States with providing material support to terrorism.
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Adam Yahiye Gadahn (Arabic: آدم يحيى غدن‎, Ādam Yaḥyā Ghadan; born Adam Pearlman, September 1, 1978) is an American senior operative, cultural interpreter, spokesman and media advisor for the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Since 2004, he appeared in a number of videos produced by Al-Qaeda as "Azzam the American" ('Azzām al-Amrīki, عزام الأمريكي, sometimes transcribed as Ezzam Al-Amerikee). Gadahn converted to Sunni Islam in 1995, at the age of 17, at a California mosque and is described as a "homegrown", meaning that he has converted to an ideology so firmly that he is now willing to harm his country of origin. He is believed to have inspired the 2007 Osama bin Laden video.

In 2004, he was added to the FBI Seeking Information – War on Terrorism list. On October 11, 2006 he was removed from that list, and placed on the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Rewards for Justice Program list of wanted criminals. On the same day, Gadahn was indicted based on the testimony of the FBI case agent E.J. Hilbert II, in the Southern Division of the United States District Court for the Central District of California by a federal grand jury for the capital crime of treason for aiding an enemy of the United States (i.e. Al-Qaeda). Gadahn is the first American charged with treason since Tomoya Kawakita in 1952.

Gadahn was born Adam Pearlman, the son of musician Phil Pearlman. Gadahn's Jewish paternal grandfather, Carl Pearlman, was a prominent urologist; and on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League. According to Gadahn, he was a "zealous supporter" of Israel. Gadahn's paternal grandmother, Agnes Branch, a Christian, was an editor for The Chronicle Christian Newspaper. Gadahn's father, originally Phil Pearlman, grew up in Orange County, California. He was involved in the counterculture movement at the University of California at Irvine, and before Adam's birth became a Christian. Gadahn described his father as having been "raised agnostic or atheist, but he became a believer in One God when he picked up a Bible left on the beach.” His father's religious perspective was flexible and based upon his own spiritual needs and as a new convert to Islam, Gadahn portrayed his father in manner sympathetic to his religion of conversion. Phil and his wife Jennifer changed their name to Gadahn, after the Biblical warrior Gideon.

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