Current US economic troubles are proof that Muslims were on the verge of victory, a prominent American member of al-Qaida said in an English-language video released today.
In a half-hour video message, Californian Adam Gadahn urged Pakistanis to unite against their government and US forces, and taunted Americans over their economic crisis, relating it to their military interventions.
“The enemies of Islam are facing a crushing defeat, which is beginning to manifest itself in the expanding crisis their economy is experiencing,” said Gadahn, in a clip of the message distributed by the SITE Intelligence Group, a Washington-based monitor of militant websites.
“A crisis whose primary cause, in addition to the abortive and unsustainable crusades they are waging in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, is their turning their backs on Allah’s revealed laws, which forbid interest-bearing transactions, exploitation, greed and injustice in all its forms.”
Gadahn, 29, grew up in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles. He was charged in Santa Ana in 2005 with one count of treason and two counts of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation.
The FBI said Gadahn moved to Pakistan in 1998 and attended an al-Qaida training camp six years later, serving as a translator and consultant for the group.
Gadahn also called on Pakistanis to put aside their ethnic differences and unite to establish an Islamic state. al-Qaida’s media arm, al-Sahab, is increasingly using English-language videos to address Muslims in Pakistan who are not likely to speak Arabic.
Gadahn went on to warn Pakistanis to continue to fight their government which, according to him, bows to American interests.
“Someone wanted us to imagine that the same Pakistani government, which is probably responsible for the death of more Muslims in Pakistan than the Americans are, and the same Pakistan army (is) suddenly prepared to fight kufars (infidels) instead of Muslims,” said Gadahn.
This is Gadahn’s first video appearance since January, quashing rumours that he died in a US air strike that killed another al-Qaida leader.