Adam Gadahn was a US citizen and an al-Qaeda rep; he's now dead, having been unintentionally killed in a January drone strike that accidentally killed an American hostage. But sometime in the fall before his death he apparently gave an interview that's been published in an al-Qaeda magazine, and the resulting 80-page article largely features the former Californian calling out ISIS for killing Muslims and other tyrannical acts. ABC News has excerpts:
- "While no one can deny the considerable strength and prowess of the Islamic State group in military terms, at the same time, the crimes it has committed against Muslims cannot simply be overlooked or forgotten with time, because in Islam there is no statute of limitations."
- "And if these wrongs are not brought to an end and rectified here in this world, then a severe punishment has been promised both for those who committed them as well as those who encouraged, condoned or justified them, even if from behind a computer or mobile phone thousands of miles away."
- "Frankly, all of us used to be sympathetic to varying degrees towards the Islamic State of Iraq [ISIS]—despite its mistakes—when it was seen as a weak and oppressed force valiantly fighting brutal tyrannies. But now that it has become clear that it has—unfortunately—adopted some of the traits, methods and tactics of those same tyrannies, it no longer holds the same place in our hearts that it did once upon a time."
In ABC's view, Gadahn's comments don't jibe with other parts of the interview, where he praised the 9/11 attacks and the more recent attacks on Canada. The 36-year-old was on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, and was indicted for treason in 2006, reports CNN
. His last propaganda video was posted in September, and called for the Saudi Arabian and Pakistani governments to be brought down.