March 31, 2014
Adam Gadahn, the American traitor who works with al Qaeda’s General Command as a propagandist, has released a videotape acknowledging the death of Abu Khalid al Suri, the terror group’s representative to Syria who was killed last month. In the video, Gadahn vows that al Qaeda will avenge Abu Khalid’s death, and notes that he had served under the al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which obtained and translated the video, Gadahn’s videotaped statement was released yesterday on the YouTube and Twitter accounts of a jihadist, and not on the al Qaeda-linked jihadist forums.
The video also does not bear the logo of As Sahab, al Qaeda’s official media outlet. The video was posted by a jihadist who goes by the name “sticky bomb” and who is supportive of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.
Without directly naming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), an al Qaeda splinter group disowned by al Qaeda’s General Command last month, Gadahn intimates that the ISIS was responsible for Abu Khalid’s death. Abu Khalid was killed in a suicide attack in Aleppo towards the end of February. While no group has claimed the attack, the ISIS has been actively battling the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front, and has used suicide bombers against both jihadist groups.