Expanded role for American mouthpiece of al Qaeda
Screen shot of al Qaeda video released this month featuring American Adam Gadahn (source: SITE)
September 25th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Expanded role for American mouthpiece of al Qaeda

By Wes Bruer

American born al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn has released a new propaganda video in support of rebel uprisings throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The nearly 84-minute video, "Advice and Support to Our Rebel Brothers Against Injustice," was released on extremist websites and forums on September 20, and was reported to have been produced on April 30 by al Qaeda's As-Sahab media wing.

The address to rebels is the second appearance this month Gadahn has made in al Qaeda videos released on jihadist forums.  The two videos are the first Gadahn videos since before Osama bin Laden was killed.

Remarks by the California-born jihadist were included in Ayman Al-Zawahiri's 9/11 anniversary message last Tuesday. In that video, "Truth has Come and Falsehood has Perished," Gadahn condemned statements by President Barack Obama that the United States was not at war with Islam.
"America is crystal clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system, Islam as a ruling system ... and the essence of Islam. So, how can America say that it is not at war with Islam?" Gadahn said.

Gadahn's focus on the Arab world in the video mirrors recent statements by Zawahiri, who as the group's new leader has made building up al Qaeda's influence and operations in the region its top priority in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Since first appearing in an al Qaeda propaganda video under the name Azzam al-Amriki (Azzam the American) in 2004, Gadahn has continued to appear in numerous videos denouncing the West due to his ability to appeal to western Muslims and knowledge of western culture.

But the release of this lengthy video, in which the typically English-speaking Gadahn addresses his audience in Arabic, illustrates that the American's role has expanded beyond a propagandist catering to westerners.

But communications from Gadahn seem to have sharply decreased since his last video in June 2010, which was released following rumors of his death and capture, where he referred to Obama as "snakelike."  In his absence, questions began to rise about the effectiveness of Gadahn's messages and the role he played within the organization he has belonged to for nearly a decade.

Following the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound, internal al Qaeda correspondence published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point show Gadahn had begun to play a key role in al Qaeda strategy.  Gadahn shared his displeasure with bid Laden about certain behaviors exhibited by al Qaeda allies around the world.

"Gadahn appears to have carefully crafted a role for himself in the organization and through competent performance, has presumably garnered the respect necessary to expand that role," according to CTC analysis. "The documents confirm an understanding of Gadahn as media adviser to al-Qa`ida's senior leadership, with Bin Ladin requesting his services by name twice, first to request that he translate a book by British journalist Robert Fisk, and then to provide input about which U.S. television channels to engage with for the 10th anniversary of 9/11."

It appears al Qaeda has tasked Gadahn with focusing on communications.  Unlike fellow American Anwar al Awlaki, who played a significant operational role for al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen before his death in a drone strike last September, little evidence has emerged that Gadahn has been involved in operational matters or attack planning for al Qaeda.

In letters, believed to be addressed to bin Laden and other "shaykhs," Gadahn complained of jihadist forums, saying they are "repulsive to most Muslims" and a liability to the group's legitimacy.  The American also aired grievances over al Qaeda central's ability to control affiliate groups, namely al Qaeda in Iraq and the terror group's latest merger with Somali based al Shabaab.  Among his complaints regarding affiliates was their inability to minimize Muslim civilian casualties and operating without the consent of al Qaeda central leaders.

Although the recent appearances from Gadahn do not represent a heightened threat to America or its interests, they indicate that, after the setback of bin Laden's death, an effort is under way to bolster the group's influence over extremist elements who have taken part in rebellions in the Arab world.

Post by:
Filed under: Adam Gadahn • Al-Zawahiri • Terrorism
soundoff (914 Responses)
  1. RV Restoration Near Me


    May 22, 2021 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  2. orange county trailer repair

    I blog often and I genuinely appreciate your content. This article has really peaked my interest. I am going to take a note of your website and keep checking for new information about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.


    May 22, 2021 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  3. Rebffiple

    cialis shop http://rcialisgl.com/ does cialis work

    May 22, 2021 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  4. Fmrfreext

    online buy cialis http://cialisee.com/ san antonio cialis doctor

    May 22, 2021 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  5. RV Awning Near Me

    Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.


    May 22, 2021 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  6. RV Upgrades Orange County


    May 22, 2021 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  7. RV Windshield Near Me


    May 22, 2021 at 9:59 am | Reply
  8. Gtnbclups

    what is the shelf life of viagra http://jokviagra.com/ viagra coupons

    May 22, 2021 at 8:19 am | Reply
  9. Internet Marketing Firm Near Me


    May 22, 2021 at 7:22 am | Reply
  10. american leak detection orange county


    May 22, 2021 at 6:38 am | Reply
  11. mobile camper repair near me

    I blog often and I really appreciate your content. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I'm going to bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week. I subscribed to your RSS feed too.


    May 22, 2021 at 3:50 am | Reply
  12. rv interior remodeling

    You've made some really good points there. I checked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.


    May 22, 2021 at 3:35 am | Reply
  13. RV Windows Orange County

    Excellent post. I will be going through a few of these issues as well..


    May 22, 2021 at 2:23 am | Reply
  14. Social Media Marketing Firms


    May 22, 2021 at 12:22 am | Reply
  15. rv furniture california

    Hey there! I simply want to offer you a big thumbs up for the great info you have right here on this post. I am coming back to your blog for more soon.


    May 21, 2021 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  16. oc collision


    May 21, 2021 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  17. Content Marketing Services


    May 21, 2021 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  18. paint a dream palmdale


    May 21, 2021 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  19. fleet repair near me

    Excellent write-up. I certainly love this website. Continue the good work!


    May 21, 2021 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  20. orang shops


    May 21, 2021 at 9:04 am | Reply
  21. Sprinter Heater Contol Repair

    Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    May 21, 2021 at 7:07 am | Reply
  22. BbshVelm

    generic viagra online https://loxviagra.com/ canada viagra

    May 21, 2021 at 1:04 am | Reply
  23. RV Wraps California

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!


    May 21, 2021 at 12:37 am | Reply
  24. nearest trailer repair shop

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this info.


    May 20, 2021 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  25. rv tire repair near me


    May 20, 2021 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  26. Sprinter Valve Body Repair


    May 20, 2021 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  27. ocrv paint and service

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!


    May 20, 2021 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  28. Dodge Sprinter Fuel Injector Repair


    May 20, 2021 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  29. RV Beds Near Me

    Very good article. I'm facing some of these issues as well..


    May 20, 2021 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  30. Lebnreext

    med pharmacy http://xlnpharmacy.com/ all med pharmacy

    May 20, 2021 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  31. rv repair orange county


    May 20, 2021 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  32. Content Marketing Company

    There is certainly a great deal to know about this topic. I really like all of the points you've made.


    May 20, 2021 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  33. rv refrigerator repair near me

    Great web site you have here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yours nowadays. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!


    May 20, 2021 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  34. Digital Marketing Firm

    Very good info. Lucky me I ran across your website by accident (stumbleupon). I've saved it for later!


    May 20, 2021 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  35. auto repair shop la palma

    Great post. I will be experiencing many of these issues as well..


    May 20, 2021 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  36. Internet Marketing Mechanics

    Next time I read a blog, Hopefully it won't disappoint me as much as this particular one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read, however I really believed you'd have something helpful to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something you could fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.


    May 20, 2021 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  37. Digital Marketing Agencies

    Hi! I just want to give you a big thumbs up for the excellent information you have right here on this post. I am returning to your web site for more soon.


    May 20, 2021 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  38. Video Marketing Business


    May 20, 2021 at 11:47 am | Reply
  39. Social Media Marketing Agencies Near Me

    May I simply just say what a comfort to discover an individual who genuinely knows what they're talking about on the internet. You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people should read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren't more popular given that you most certainly have the gift.


    May 20, 2021 at 11:00 am | Reply
  40. Social Media Marketing Firms Near Me


    May 20, 2021 at 9:39 am | Reply
  41. Internet Marketing Companies Near Me

    Good site you have got here.. It’s difficult to find good quality writing like yours nowadays. I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!


    May 20, 2021 at 8:45 am | Reply
  42. Local Marketing Firms


    May 20, 2021 at 4:08 am | Reply
  43. Internet Marketing Agency Near Me

    Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept talking about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he's going to have a great read. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 20, 2021 at 1:50 am | Reply
  44. camper repair shops near me

    Everything is very open with a really clear description of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your website is very helpful. Thanks for sharing!


    May 19, 2021 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  45. RV Frame California

    After looking into a few of the articles on your blog, I seriously appreciate your technique of blogging. I book marked it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my website as well and tell me what you think.


    May 19, 2021 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  46. Lbsofiple

    buy cialis uk no prescription http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis online from canada

    May 19, 2021 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  47. collision center of temecula temecula ca

    Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s difficult to find quality writing like yours nowadays. I seriously appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!


    May 19, 2021 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  48. professional gifts for her

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the highest quality blogs online. I will recommend this blog!


    May 19, 2021 at 11:20 am | Reply
  49. Las Vegas Jet Ski Rental

    This is the right website for everyone who hopes to understand this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a topic that's been discussed for ages. Excellent stuff, just wonderful!


    May 19, 2021 at 11:05 am | Reply
  50. inexpensive birthday gifts for mom

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Many thanks! Where are your contact details though?


    May 19, 2021 at 10:25 am | Reply
  51. Internet Marketing Agencies

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am experiencing issues with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    May 19, 2021 at 8:57 am | Reply
  52. Maserati Dealrship Near Me


    May 18, 2021 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  53. Jebgreext

    top 10 pharmacy websites https://pharmacylo.com/ Hydrea

    May 18, 2021 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  54. Assisted Living Palm Springs


    May 18, 2021 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  55. Elder Care Near Me

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that will make the most significant changes. Thanks for sharing!


    May 18, 2021 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  56. Best Dentistry Near Me

    Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to revisit once again since i have saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.


    May 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  57. Fmrfreext

    cialis shipping https://cialisee.com/ cialis without a prescription

    May 18, 2021 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  58. rv repair shop near me


    May 18, 2021 at 7:02 am | Reply
  59. camper repairs near me


    May 18, 2021 at 4:34 am | Reply
  60. rv air conditioner repair near me


    May 18, 2021 at 3:48 am | Reply
  61. RV Toilets Los Angeles


    May 17, 2021 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  62. Maserati Prices

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Thank you! Where are your contact details though?


    May 17, 2021 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  63. Red Convertible Maserati Spyder


    May 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  64. Sprinter Van Ecm Repair


    May 17, 2021 at 10:31 am | Reply
  65. Dry Van Trailer Repair

    Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what they're discussing online. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people should check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you are not more popular because you definitely possess the gift.


    May 17, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply
  66. Sprinter Van Service Near Me

    This is a great tip especially to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!


    May 17, 2021 at 8:51 am | Reply
  67. Sprinter Van Repair Fountain Valley


    May 17, 2021 at 8:42 am | Reply
  68. Mercedes Sprinter Service

    Aw, this was a very good post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.


    May 17, 2021 at 8:35 am | Reply
  69. Art Van Repair

    This is a topic which is near to my heart... Take care! Where are your contact details though?


    May 17, 2021 at 8:31 am | Reply
  70. Vanlife Repair Costs For Mercedes Sprinter

    This is a topic that's near to my heart... Take care! Exactly where are your contact details though?


    May 17, 2021 at 6:18 am | Reply
  71. Maserati Boobs

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for providing this information.


    May 17, 2021 at 4:57 am | Reply
  72. Maserati St Pete

    Excellent write-up. I absolutely love this site. Stick with it!


    May 16, 2021 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  73. 2006 Sprinter Transmission Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  74. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day. It will always be interesting to read content from other authors and practice something from their web sites.


    May 16, 2021 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  75. Rebffiple

    buy cialis information http://rcialisgl.com/ – cialis bayer 20 rx party cialis

    May 16, 2021 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  76. Repair My 2006 Dodge Sprinter 3500 Rv


    May 16, 2021 at 1:01 pm | Reply
  77. progressive photo inspection near me

    Good web site you have got here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours these days. I honestly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!


    May 16, 2021 at 11:49 am | Reply
  78. Auto Sprinter Repair


    May 16, 2021 at 10:20 am | Reply
  79. Sprinter Tcu Repair

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Finding the time and actual effort to generate a good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don't manage to get anything done.


    May 16, 2021 at 10:18 am | Reply
  80. aika online download


    May 16, 2021 at 7:19 am | Reply
  81. Video Marketing Services

    You are so interesting! I don't believe I've truly read a single thing like that before. So great to find someone with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a bit of originality!


    May 16, 2021 at 4:31 am | Reply
  82. Internet Marketing Services


    May 16, 2021 at 12:51 am | Reply
  83. Digital Marketing Events Near Me


    May 16, 2021 at 12:36 am | Reply
  84. Social Media Marketing Event

    I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. This great article has truly peaked my interest. I'm going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.


    May 15, 2021 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  85. Aika Online Pran


    May 15, 2021 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  86. Internet Marketing Company


    May 15, 2021 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  87. rv orange county


    May 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  88. Quattroporte Maserati


    May 15, 2021 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  89. Content Marketing Idea


    May 15, 2021 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  90. Lebnreext

    save on pharmacy http://xlnpharmacy.com/ onlinepharmacytabs24 com

    May 15, 2021 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  91. Optometry Near Me


    May 15, 2021 at 11:47 am | Reply
  92. Maserati Quattroporte

    I needed to thank you for this excellent read!! I absolutely enjoyed every little bit of it. I've got you book-marked to check out new stuff you post…


    May 15, 2021 at 11:41 am | Reply
  93. rv slide out leak repair

    Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.


    May 15, 2021 at 11:17 am | Reply
  94. property for sale hayden lake idaho


    May 15, 2021 at 10:47 am | Reply
  95. houses for sale around my area

    I really like it whenever people get together and share thoughts. Great site, stick with it!


    May 15, 2021 at 10:06 am | Reply
  96. Pediatric Optometrist


    May 15, 2021 at 9:34 am | Reply
  97. nearby house for sale

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Thank you!


    May 15, 2021 at 9:29 am | Reply
  98. Maserati Repair Shop Near Me

    Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the site is very good.


    May 15, 2021 at 8:37 am | Reply
  99. Used Maserati Ghibli For Sale Near Me White

    Greetings, I do think your site might be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, great blog!


    May 15, 2021 at 4:12 am | Reply
  100. tow truck repair

    There is certainly a great deal to know about this subject. I like all the points you have made.


    May 14, 2021 at 8:59 pm | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Leave a Reply to truck shop in orange


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.