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Al Qaeda Threatens President Bush in Videotaped Address

By Matthew Harwood

The FBI is reviewing the latest videotaped release from al Qaeda, which urged attacks on President George W. Bush during his Middle East trip this week. 

The Washington Post reports:

The release of the videotape comes just three days before Bush is scheduled to arrive in Israel for a weeklong trip that will also bring him to the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt as part of his push for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

"Now we direct an urgent call to our militant brothers in Muslim Palestine and the Arab peninsula ... to be ready to receive the Crusader slayer Bush in his visit to Muslim Palestine and the Arab peninsula in the beginning of January and to receive him not with flowers or clapping but with bombs and booby-trapped vehicles," [Adam] Gadahn, 29, said in Arabic.

The message was delivered by California-native Gadahn, the first American charged with treason in more than 50 years.

Analysts are scrutinizing the video for any clues that may reveal the details of a possible attack, said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.

For more on Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, read this fascinating profile from The New Yorker.

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