Shrouded american vows new terror attacks
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Posted on Sat, Oct. 30, 2004
A shrouded 'American' vows new terror attacks
WASHINGTON - A shrouded man claiming to be an American member of al-Qaeda promised attacks that would make U.S. streets "run red with blood" in a video aired Thursday night by ABC News.
Intelligence officials have not been able to verify the tape's authenticity, and officials do not have information linking the video to a specific threat, said an intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
They also have not been able to positively identify the speaker.
"We remain concerned, however, about al-Qaeda's interest in attacking the homeland," the official said.
The tape was shown a day before the Arab-language satellite TV outlet Al-Jazeera broadcast a videotape on which al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened more attacks on America.
In the earlier, 75-minute message, the speaker who identifies himself as "Azzam the American" praised the Sept. 11 attacks, called bin Laden and his deputy his leaders, and said a new wave of attacks could come at any moment.
ABC News obtained the video in Pakistan on Oct. 22 from a source known to have Taliban and al-Qaeda connections, according to the ABC report.
ABC's Web site said it paid the source $500 in transportation fees. Since then, the network has been working with intelligence officials to understand the tape's content and origins.
On the tape, the speaker says: "Allah willing, the streets of America will run red with blood, matching drop for drop the blood of America's victims."
The speaker, who wore a headdress that covered his face except for his eyes, says the United States is his country of origin but does not say specifically where he lives. He speaks both Arabic and English with an international accent that is hard to characterize, the intelligence official said.
The official also said the video appeared to have been made in the last several months, perhaps as recently as late summer, because of references to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and the Sept. 11 commission.