New al Qaeda Video Threatens U.S., Australia on 9/11 Anniversary

Islamic Terrorism, American Style

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11 September 2005: An eleven-minute videotape was delivered to ABC News in Pakistan this weekend and aired this morning - the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks - on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The tape features a man wearing a black turban covering most of his face (pictured at left), and called the attacks of four years ago “blessed events” before making terrorist threats against Los Angeles and Australia.

“Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Allah willing. And this time, don’t count on us demonstrating restraint and compassion,” the man says on the video.

The eleven-minute tape is similar in many respects to the video aired in October of 2004 believed to be that of Adam Yahiye Gadahn, an Orange County, California native who is suspected by the FBI to be working with Islamic terrorists as a translator. Gadahn, who was born Adam Pearlman, also goes by the nom de guerre Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki and “Azzam the American.” He is shown at left from the October 2004 videotape.

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Investigators suspect that Gadahn, pictured at left without the facial coverings, grew up on a farm in California, converted to Islam as a teen, moved to Pakistan, and attended al-Qaeda training camps to fight the United States. He currently serves as a translator and propaganda tool for the terrorist organization. In the video from last October, Gadahn threatened:

“Allah willing, the streets of America will run red with blood, matching drop for drop the blood of America’s victims. What took place on September 11th was but the opening salvo in the global war on America. The next attacks, he adds, “could come at any moment.”