Adam Gadahn, a California-born American citizen who converted to Islam and has a $1 million price on his head, asked wealthy Muslims to offer al-Qaeda militants to reward those who would kill ambassadors in the Middle East region, according to a Reuters report on Sunday.
According to a operation referred to as a SITE monitoring group based in Washington, D.C., Gadahn – an American al Qaeda militant - has praised the killers of Christopher Stephens and the other Americans in Benghazi, Libya last Sept. 11. He also wants more attacks on Western diplomats who are in the Middle East’s Arab region.
As a result of recent threats, the United States and other Western nations had closed their embassies earlier in August due to warnings of more attacks. While many of those embassies have reopened soon thereafter, there was at least one that has remained closed until Sunday - Britain’s Yemen embassy.
According to an English transcript on SITE, Gadahn spoke in Arabic in a 39-minute video posted on web sites used by Islamist militants. He said that these monetary prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of our cowardly enemies and also encourage hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in the path of Allah.
Gadahn has a history of calling for the deadly attacks on United States ambassadors and embassies. Back in August of 2007, Gadahn wanted attackers to attack American diplomats and embassies due to the United States’ military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The FBI believes Gadahn has been in Pakistan since 2004 and has said it will pay $1 million in cash for any information that leads to his arrest.
In other requests for al-Qaeda attacks on Americans, last year, al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch offered 106 ounces of gold for anyone who would kill the United States ambassador in Sanaa or a reward for killing a United States soldier in Sanaa.