::Adam Yahiye Gadahn


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Adam Yahiye Gadahn (Arabic: آدم يحيى غدن‎{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, Ādam Yaḥyā Ghadan; September 1, 1978 – January 19, 2015) was an American senior operative, cultural interpreter, spokesman<ref name="NEWYORKER" /> and media advisor<ref name="WPCONVERTS" /> for the Islamist group al-Qaeda. Since 2004, he had appeared in a number of videos produced by al-Qaeda as "Azzam the American" ('Azzām al-Amrīki, عزام الأمريكي, sometimes transcribed as Ezzam Al-Amerikee). Gadahn, who converted to Islam from Christianity in 1995 at a California mosque, was described as "homegrown," meaning that he had converted to an ideology so firmly that he was willing to harm his country of origin.<ref name="NEWYORKER" /> American intelligence officials allege that he inspired the 2007 Osama bin Laden video.<ref name="WPCONVERTS" />

In 2004, he was added to the FBI Seeking Information – War on Terrorism list.<ref name="FBI terrorinfo" /> On October 11, 2006 he was removed from that list, and placed on the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Rewards for Justice Program list of wanted criminals.<ref name="reward for justice" /> On the same day, Gadahn was indicted based on the testimony of the FBI case agent E. J. Hilbert II, in the Southern Division of the United States District Court for the Central District of California by a federal grand jury for the capital crime of treason for aiding an enemy of the United States, i.e., al-Qaeda.

Adam Yahiye Gadahn sections
Intro  Background and childhood   Conversion to Islam   Al-Qaeda affiliation  Appearances in al-Qaeda videos  Death  References  See also  External links  

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