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.