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September 03, 2006

al Qaeda Reaches Out, and CNN's Nic Robertson is There

Fredrickawhitfield
Osama bin Laden's deputy appears in a new video posted on the Internet a short while ago. Nic Robertson joins us now from Islamabad, Pakistan. What do you know about this tape, Nic?


 


Nicrobertson1
Well, we do know the young American who introduces Ayman el-Zawahiri likes to be known as Azzam the American. He is, in fact, known as Adam Gadahn.

 


Adamgadahn
On the tape he says: "This is an invitation to Americans and all non-believers to convert to Islam." He very quickly hands over the message to Ayman el-Zawahiri.

 


Zawahiri
The message from Ayman el-Zawahiri follows on from Gadahn, saying that this is a message to Americans and all other Westerners, an opportunity to convert to Islam.

 


Nicrobertson1
You know, Fredericka, this might be an effort by al Qaeda to reach out to the West.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
You think al Qaeda wants to reach out to the West?

 


Nicrobertson1
Just sayin'.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
I'm not following you.

 


Nicrobertson1
Well, you know, uh...Adam Gadahn speaks English.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
And?

 


Nicrobertson1
And, he, uh...they, uh...

 


Nicrobertson1
And, I guess it could be that what they might possibly be doing here is maybe offering the opportunity for people to possibly convert to Islam, and perhaps this is something that they might see as an important thing that they should maybe do...

 


Nicrobertson1
Possibly. It's kind of complicated.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
I still don't see how that could be considered reaching out to...

 


Nicrobertson1
Look, we might not agree with these guys, but they did say, "Either repent your misguided ways and enter into the light of truth or keep your poison to yourself," so it sounds like they're basically saying they'll leave us alone if we leave them alone. I mean, it's not like they're tring to force anyone to convert.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
Actually, they said "Either repent your misguided ways and enter into the light of truth or keep your poison to yourself and suffer the consequences in this world and the next."

 


Nicrobertson1
They did?

 


Fredrickawhitfield
Yes, they did. You're in Islamabad right now, Nic, do you have any sense of...Nic?

 


Nicrobertson4

 


Fredrickawhitfield
It looks like we're experiencing some technical difficulties, so...

 


 


Nicrobertson2
Sorry, Fredericka, I was, uh...adjusting my microphone.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
...

 


Nicrobertson2
What was the question?

 


Fredrickawhitfield
What is that you're wearing?

 


Nicrobertson2
What, this old thing?

 


Fredrickawhitfield
Isn't that a...

 


Nicrobertson2
Look, it's a little chilly out here, and Allah forbid I should catch a cold.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
I'm sorry, I've just never seen a man wearing...

 


Nicrobertson2
What is this, Project Runway? What was the question?

 


Fredrickawhitfield
Right. Sorry - so, do we know whether these recorded messages from these two men were taken at the same time?

 


 


Nicrobertson3
Fredericka, the only time reference we have heard so far is...

 


Fredrickawhitfield
OK, what is that over your face? And don't tell me it's cold.

 


Nicrobertson3
I'd explain it, but you obviously have a lot to learn about modesty.

 


Fredrickawhitfield
What's that supposed to mean?

 


Nicrobertson3
Oh, come on - you're on television and you're practically nude!

 


Fredrickawhitfield
Nic Robertson, reporting live from...

 


Nicrobertson3
Not that I noticed!

 


Fredrickawhitfield
...reporting live from Islamabad.

Looks like he got the invitation.

 

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