American al-Qaida militant Adam Gadahn 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
DUBAI - An American al-Qaida militant has called for more
attacks on Western diplomats in the Arab world, praising the killers of the US
ambassador to Libya on September 11 last year, a US-based monitoring group said on
Western nations shut embassies across the Middle East and North
Africa early this month, after a warning of a possible militant attack. Many
have reopened, and Britain said its Yemen embassy would open on Sunday after
being closed for 12 days.
Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam
with a $1 million US price on his head, appealed to wealthy Muslims to offer
militants rewards to kill ambassadors in the region, citing bounty set for
killing the US ambassador to Yemen, Washington-based SITE monitoring group
"These prizes have a great effect in instilling fear in the hearts
of our cowardly enemies," Gadahn said in the 39-minute video recording in Arabic
posted on websites used by Islamist militants, according to SITE.
also encourage hesitant individuals to carry out important and great deeds in
the path of Allah," he said, in an English transcript on SITE.
Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida last year offered 3 kg (106 ounces) of gold for
the killing of the US ambassador in Sanaa or 5 million rials ($23,350) for an
American soldier in the impoverished Arab state.
Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Libya's Benghazi in
2012 when Islamist gunmen attacked the US consulate during a protest by a mob
angry over a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.
called for attacks on US diplomats before. In August 2007, he said al Qaeda
would target diplomats and embassies in retaliation for US-led military action
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The FBI has been trying to question Gadahn -
believed to be in Pakistan - since 2004 and the US government has offered up
to $1 million in cash for information leading to his arrest.