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US-Born bin Laden Spokesman Among Killed in Drone Strike

by on April 23, 2015



In 1995, at age 17, he converted to Islam at a mosque in nearby Orange County. A few years later, he moved to Pakistan, where he joined al-Qaida as a propagandist. Using the name “Azzam the American,” he appeared in numerous al-Qaida videos, denouncing U.S. moves in Afghanistan and elsewhere and threatening attacks on Western interests abroad.
His work led to Gadahn becoming the only American charged with treason since the World War II era.

U.S. authorities filed treason charges against him in 2006 and had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction. The FBI’s Reward for Justice program, which lists wanted terrorists, said Gadahn was 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighed a little more than 200 pounds. He had brown hair, brown or hazel eyes and had scars on his chest and right forearm.

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