Al-Qaida operative: Take up arms against U.S.


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A senior operative of the al-Qaida terrorist organization called on U.S. Muslims to take up arms against America.

Al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn, who was born Adam Pearlstein and is now known as Adam Yahiye Gadahn, in a video released Sunday on Islamist Web sites also called on Muslims in the U.S. military to emulate the Fort Hood shooter. Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 soldiers and civilians, and injured 30 during a shooting spree at the Army base last November.

Gadahn, 31, is wanted in the United States on charges of treason. He is on the FBI’s Most Wanted list; there is a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest.

The video was released as Pakistani intelligence officials announced that they had arrested Gadahn. On Monday the officials reversed themselves, saying that they had arrested a different al-Qaida operative — a Pennsylvania man called Abu Yahya Mujahideen Adam.

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