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Al-Qaida Suspect Arrested in Pakistan Not Gadahn

American-born al-Qaida spokesman, Adam Gadahn
American-born al-Qaida spokesman, Adam Gadahn

Pakistani intelligence agents say they have captured an American al-Qaida operative, but they have reversed their initial assertion that he is Adam Gadahn, who is wanted in the United States on a treason charge.

Pakistani officials said Monday the man they arrested recently in the southern port city of Karachi appears to be another American with the alias Abu Yahya Majadin al-Adam.  

They said the similarity of the name with those sometimes used by Adam Gadahn initially caused some confusion.

The Gadahn, 31, is a California-born spokesman for al-Qaida.  He has often appeared in al-Qaida videos calling for attacks against the United States and other Western countries.

The United States has offered up to $1 million in reward money for information leading to his arrest.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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