Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's number two, and an American Muslim convert have appeared in a video issued by al-Qaeda urging Americans to convert to Islam.
Al-Zawahiri, and the American convert identified as Adam Gadahn, called for Americans to convert to Islam in the 41-minute video posted on an Islamist website just nine days before the fifth September 11 anniversary.
The FBI says that the man who appeared next to al-Zawahiri attended al-Qaeda training schools in
It was the second time Gadahn has appeared with al-Zawahiri. The first was on a video posted on July 7, marking the one-year anniversary of London underground bombings, when Gadahn said no Muslim should "shed tears" for Westerners killed by al-Qaeda attacks.
Gadahn and al-Zawahiri did not appear together in the footage. Gadahn spoke with his face uncovered, resembling the FBI photos, with his name subtitled in English and Arabic as "Azzam the American".
"We invite all Americans and unbelievers to Islam," Gadahn said, dressed in a white robe and turban with a long, thick black beard and a computer terminal in the background.
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Gadahn, a 28-year-old from
Gadahn spoke for much of the video, saying he wanted to correct the incorrect image Americans have of Islam.
He described the "West" as the civilization which enslaved Africa, slaughtered native Americans and bombed
He said it shows more concern for archaeological sites, like statues of Buddha destroyed by
He said: "Ignorance of Islam causes the people of the West to rapturously applaud when
The video, issued by al-Qaeda's production wing As-Sahab, had been advertised on militant websites for several days before it appeared on Saturday.
Besides the July 7 video, Gadahn is believed to be a masked figure who appeared in two unofficial videos given to the American television network ABC in
In the 2005 tape, the speaker threatened new terror attacks in
The 2004 tape praised the September 11 attacks and said a new wave of attacks could come at any moment.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's number two