Speculation of his death in a January, 2008 Predator strike in Waziristan has now been inarguably refuted: Adam Gadahn is alive and talking in his new 40 minute video entitled “Let’s Continue our Jihad and Sacrifice.”
Adam Yahiye Gadahn was born in Oregon as Adam Perlman on September 1, 1978. It is not known exactly how he came to become involved with al Qaeda, where he is known as “Azzam the American”or “Azzam al-Amriki”. It is known that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed recruited Gadahn for an AQ suicide attack in Maryland in 2003, but Gadahn’s wife had just delivered his child, so he begged out of the operation. In 2005, the FBI warned that Gadahn was part of a group of 7 al Qaeda operatives planning an attack in the U.S. In the intervening years, Gadahn has been part of many al Qaeda videos, as either spokesperson or producer, and he worked with Osama bin Laden on his Oct 2007 video.