Al-Qaeda's American spokesman Adam Gadahn called on the terror network's fighters to greet US President George W Bush with "bombs and booby-trapped vehicles" when he visits the Middle East later this week, according to a new video posted on Monday.
The anti-American rhetoric-packed video that also featured Gadahn tearing up his US passport as part of a "symbolic" protest against Washington marked the terror network's first message of 2008.
"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," Gadahn said in Arabic, though he spoke mostly in English during the video.
Bush is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Wednesday for a weeklong regional trip that will also bring him to the West Bank, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Most of the 50-minute long video, titled "An Invitation to Reflection and Repentance," appeared to be aimed at ordinary Americans, with Gadahn saying Al-Qaeda felt the need to release the statement after Washington's "defeat" in Iraq and Afghanistan and failed attempts by Bush and other diplomats to bring peace to the Middle East.
"We felt it necessary to address the American people and explain to them some of the facts about these critical and fast-moving events," said the California-born Gadahn, who wore a white and red headscarf.