March 7, 2010 Special Dispatch No. 2847

Adam Gadahn Praises Nidal Hasan, Calls for More Lone Wolf Attacks

March 7, 2010
Special Dispatch No. 2847

On March 7, 2010, Al-Qaeda's media wing Al-Sahab released a new 25-minute video from Adam Gadahn titled "A Call to Arms." Adam Gadahn, also known as 'Azzam Al-'Amriki, is an American citizen who has joined the Al-Qaeda leadership in the Waziristan-Afghanistan region and features regularly and prominently in the organization's propaganda.

Gadahn begins the video with praise of the Detroit and Khost attacks, both in late December 2009, which he collectively characterized as "a series of moral and material blows" to the Crusader West. He moves on quickly though to the topic of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, whom he describes in glowing terms ("a pioneer, a trailblazer and a role model who has opened a door, lit a path, and shown the way forward for every Muslim who finds himself among the unbelievers..."). Gadahn holds up Nidal Hasan as an exemplary figure for his loyalty to Islam and Muslims in defiance of his unbeliever commanders, and for having struck at a sensitive target in the heart of America.

Gadahn then uses the example of Nidal Hasan to call on other Muslims in the "Crusader West," and especially in the U.S., Britain, and Israel, to undertake lone wolf attacks. He advises his listeners in particular to focus on targets that will do serious economic damage to these countries, and uses the example of the 9/11 attacks to show that such attacks need not necessarily employ conventional firearms.

The video also mentions "Muslim-only concentration camps in Illinois,Bagram, and elsewhere" - apparently a reference to the proposed transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois.


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