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Al-Qaeda Video Reflects 'Twisted View Of Islam'

September 3, 2006 -- The White House has said that a videotape purporting to show Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahri along with a U.S. citizen urging "Americans in particular and Westerners in general" to convert to Islam, reflects the terrorists' "twisted view of Islam."

Christie Parell, a White House spokeswoman, said the video, which was released on September 2, would be reviewed, and its authenticity verified.

Al-Zawahri and the American do not appear together in the 48-minute video. The American, who al-Zawahri identifies in the video as "Azzam the American," is wanted by authorities in the United States.

The FBI has identified the American as a 28-year-old Californian, Adam Yehiye Gadahn, who converted to Islam. He is wanted for questioning by the FBI for his role in terrorist activities.


Who Is Ayman al-Zawahri?

AYMAN AL-ZAWAHRI is regarded as Al-Qaeda's No. 2 authority. Although al-Zawahri is lesser known than Osama bin Laden, some observers say the deputy is just as powerful as the chief....(more)

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