Sunday, March 7, 2010

US al-Qaeda spokesman 'arrested'

US al-Qaeda spokesman 'arrested'

A US-born spokesman for al-Qaeda has been arrested in Karachi, Pakistani security officials have said.

Adam Gadahn has appeared in a number of al-Qaeda videos, going back at least six years, encouraging violent jihad.

The latest emerged on Sunday - the same day as his arrest was reported - urging US Muslims to attack their own country.

He was charged with treason in the US in 2006 and a reward offered for his arrest - which has not yet been confirmed by Islamabad or Washington.

He was the first American charged with treason in more than 50 years.

Described by analysts as one of the best-known faces of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, Adam Gadahn has appeared frequently on videos encouraging attacks on Western targets.

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