Al-Qaida confirms US strike killed American spokesman

DUBAI: Al-Qaida has confirmed that a US drone strike earlier this year killed its English-language spokesman, a California native known as Azzam the American, SITE Intelligence Group reported Thursday.

In a special issue of al-Qaida English-language magazine Resurgence, editor Hassaan Yusuf wrote that Azzam, whose real name was Adam Gadahn, was killed in a strike thought to have taken place in January on an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan. 

Yusuf also said Ahmed Faruq, an American described as a leader of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, and American and Italian hostages Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, were killed in another strike "a few weeks" prior. 

The White House has said neither Gadahn nor Faruq were specifically targeted in the strikes, and US President Barack Obama said in April he took "full responsibility" for the accidental killing of the hostages. 

Gadahn was a teenage death metal music fan who grew up on a California goat farm before he was drawn into radical Islam. 

He was one of the most high-profile figures in the global jihadist movement and a regular online presence, taunting his homeland and inciting attacks.



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