American Arrested in Pakistan Not al-Qaeda Honcho

Officials now say they haven't detained Adam Gadahn
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2010 5:00 AM CST
This video frame grab image taken from an al-Qaida propaganda video released Tuesday May 29, 2007 and provided by the IntelCenter, shows Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam al-Amriki.   (AP Photo/IntelCenter)

(Newser) – The American militant arrested in Pakistan yesterday is not Adam Gadahn, as previously reported by Pakistani intelligence officials. "Our initial impression was that the guy was Gadahn but that information now looks incorrect," an official told Reuters. Both the al-Qaeda spokesman and the detained American have been known to use some form of the alias Abu Yahya. "Probably the name and his origin caused the confusion," the official said.

Click here for more on the 31-year-old Gadahn, who was featured in a 25-minute video posted yesterday calling for Muslim members of the armed services to carry out Fort Hood-style attacks.

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