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Convert from Islamic Society of Orange County in Southern California on Al Qaeda tape threatening attacks in Los Angeles and Melbourne
September 11, 2005
MIM: Muzammil Siddiqui the Imam of the Islamic Center of Orange County in Southern California helped Adam Gadahn, the speaker on the tape, convert to Islam. Siddiqui was one of the main people behind the recently issued bogus 'anti terrorism fatwa'. The second tape from his protege' Adam Gadahn, which states that "we love nothing better then the heat of battle,the echo of explosions, and slitting the throats of infidels", shows that he has learned his lesson well. Siddiqui and his cronies at the Islamic Society of Southern California should be held as accomplices for directing Adam Gadahn to Jihad and the mosque should be shut down for aiding and abetting terrorism before more Adam Gadahns are recruited.
Adam Gadahn in undated photos released by the FBI.
In an apparent Sept. 11 tape aired on ABC News, an al Qaeda activist threatened on Sunday to carry out new attacks against cities in the US and Australia.
"Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, God willing. At this time, don't count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion," the tape warned. "We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam, not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators."
American intelligence officials believe the man who appeared on the tape is Adam Gadahn of Orange County, Calif. Last year, Gadahn delivered a similar taped communiqué for al Qaeda. That tape was later deemed authentic.
On the new tape, obtained in Pakistan, Gadahn's message contains a clear threat against Los Angeles and Melbourne.
"Don't believe the lies of the liars at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and 10 Downing Street," Gadahn insists. "They have dispatched your sons and daughters to die lonely deaths in the burning deserts of Iraq and the unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan."
Another Qaeda tape from Pakistan says US and Australia next target
WASHINGTON: A videotape televised on Sunday allegedly from a US-member of Al Qaeda threatened to attack Los Angeles and Melbourne on the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
"Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne," said a masked man in the videotape. "We are Muslims. We love peace, but peace on our terms, peace as laid down by Islam. Not the so-called peace of occupiers and dictators."
ABC News said the 11-minute video had been sent to its office in Pakistan. The masked speaker in the video appeared to be Adam Yahiye Gadahn from southern California, who threatened attacks on the two cities "Allah willing." "At this time, don't count on us demonstrating restraint or compassion," the speaker added. Gadahn is wanted by the FBI. The CIA said on Sunday that it was aware of the ABC report but had no immediate comment about the tape's authenticity. The tape was aired on ABC's "Good Morning America." The man in the tape, wearing a black turban, called the September 11 attacks four years ago "blessed events."
As in other recent Al Qaeda tapes, the main threats were made against the US and Britain. "Don't believe the lies of the liars at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and 10 Downing Street," the Gadahn said. "They have dispatched your sons and daughters to die lonely deaths in the burning deserts of Iraq and the unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan," he said. "We love peace, but when the enemy violates that peace or prevents us from achieving it, then we love nothing better than the heat of battle, the echo of explosions, and slitting the throats of infidels," he says.
Gadahn was believed to have been the young American who appeared in another 75-minute threatening tape about year ago. Investigators said the young man had converted to Islam at an Orange County, California, mosque as a teenager, moved to Pakistan, attended Al Qaeda training camps and served as a translator for the terrorist organisation.
Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton told ABC News his city had "very robust counter-terrorism" measures in place and was already on alert because of next month's Jewish holidays. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa admitted that Los Angeles was a terrorist target, but said there were no credible threats against the city.
Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao when contacted about Gadahn's whereabouts, had no information. agencies