An American al Qaeda militant has called for more attacks on Western diplomats in the Middle East, Reuters reported on Sunday.
The militant in question is Adam Gadahn. Born in California, the Islam-convert is currently wanted by the U.S government, with a reward of $1 million being offered to anyone who has information about his whereabouts. Gadahn posted a 39-minute message in Arabic on various websites frequented by Islamist militants. In the video, Gadahn reaches out to wealthy Muslims, offering rewards to those who are willing to kill Western ambassadors in the Middle East. "These prizes have great effect in instilling fear in the hearts of our cowardly enemies" Gadahn tells viewers. "They also encourage hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in the path of Allah."
Gadahn has called for attacks on the United States before. In August of 2007, he released a statement saying that al Qaeda would target diplomats and embassies represented Western countries in response to the U.S.-led military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gadahn is believed to be residing in Pakistan and the FBI has been trying to question the militant since 2004.
Many Western countries shut down embassies in the Middle East region, including North Africa, earlier this month, after a warning of a possible attack from al Qaeda militants. Many of the embassies have reopened, but could be shut down again if there are more threats issued.