American-Born Al-Qaida Spokesman Adam Gadahn Arrested

| by

On the same day a video surfaced of American-born Al-Qaida spokesman Adam Gadahn calling for attacks on the United States, he was reportedly arrested in Pakistan.

The United States charged Gadahn with treason in the 2006 -- making it the first such charge in more than 50 years. 

According to the BBC: "Described by analysts as one of the best-known faces of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, Adam Gadahn has appeared frequently on videos encouraging attacks on Western targets.

"His most recent was a 25-minute speech praising Muslim US army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who is charged with killing 13 people on an army base at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. He was also on a video released one year after the London transport bombings of 7 July 2005 in which one of the bombers, Shehzad Tanweer, appeared.

"Adam Gadahn converted to Islam as a teenager in California and moved to Pakistan in 1998, according to the FBI. He is believed to have attended an al-Qaeda training camp six years later. His reported capture will be seen as another victory for Pakistani security forces, says the BBC's Madeleine Morris, who have also arrested several high-profile Afghan Taliban leaders in recent weeks."