Adam Gadahn Killed in Pakistan?
We advise that readers not hold their collective breath quite yet, but...
Following unconfirmed reports of killing of a high-profile al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi, there are now rumours that an American al-Qaeda militant Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki, had been killed in the alleged Predator attack by the US on a house in Mirali, North Waziristan, a few days back.
32-year-old Adam Gadahn, who is American citizen belonging to southern California, has been accused by the US of praising the perpetrators of September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington and attending al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistani tribal areas.
Perhaps Gadahn was right in his last video, 'An Invitation to Reflection and Repentance,' in which he symbolically ripped up his US passport: Maybe he really won't be needing his American passport where he is traveling.
However, as my colleague and fellow ThreatsWatch member Nick Grace said in reaction, "I would imagine that if Gadahn got knocked off they would have announced his death just as quickly as they did al-Laith's. Having an American become a martyr would be a propaganda coup on their side. Gadahn would be more useful to al-Qaeda dead than alive. Imagine how they will play up an American who was martyred while fighting for al-Qaeda's Jihad."
For that reason, a quiet death of Adam Gadahn is - in my shared estimation - unlikely. We'd surely heard more of it sooner if it were true. Andthere is no 'chatter' indication that anyone significantly important besides al-Laith was among the dead in the recent attack. As I said, don't hold your breath. But stranger things have happened.