Reports of death[edit source | editbeta]
In February 2008, Pakistani news sources reported rumors that Gadahn was killed by a missile fired by a MQ-1 Predator drone in the strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Abu Laith al-Libi. On March 2, an al-Qaeda spokesperson claimed that Gadahn was alive, but the rumor was fueled by a considerable drop in quality of recent al-Qaeda videos from As-Sahab.
On May 18, 2008, Counterterrorism Blog surmised that Adam Gadahn was dead based on the latest al-Qaeda missive. Mansfield wrote: "Normally important messages from Zawahiri contain linguistic indications that they were translated by Adam Gadahn. Gadahn’s translation style is noticeably absent from this video, giving more credence to open source reports from Pakistan regarding the possible death of Gadahn in an American air strike. (There are other plausible explanations for Gadahn’s absence from the scene—including his quip in his January video tape that ripping up his passport would not hinder his ability to travel.)"
On September 7, 2008, the Sunday Telegraph reported that Gadahn may have been killed by a Predator attack in January 2008 in Waziristan. This was reported by The Orange County Register, KABC TV in Los Angeles, and other news agencies.
On Saturday October 4, 2008, a video appeared on the internet by the As-Sahab Foundation for Media Production by Gadahn entitled The Believer isn't Stung from the Same Hole Twice. Mansfield posted a video of Gadahn speaking about current affairs including the economic crisis in the US and the resignation of the President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.
In 2009, As-Sahab released a video entitled, Gaza, Not Again and in the same year, another video where Gahdan is speaking Arabic in an As-Sahab release entitled Let's continue our Jihad and Sacrifice this is his first video speaking only in Arabic.
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