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California Islamic Leader Ashamed of American Terrorist Video

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) - An Islamic community leader in Southern California calls it "a shame."

Haitham Bundakji (boon-DAK'-jee) is reacting to an al-Qaida videotape released yesterday featuring Adam Gadahn (ah-DAHM' guh-DAHN') -- an American who's believed to have attended al-Qaida training camps and served as a translator for the terror group.

Bundakji, a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Orange County, knew Gadahn.

He says the people in the video don't represent the viewpoints or the religion of his group.

In the video, Gadahn appears with the deputy leader of al-Qaida, and calls on fellow Americans to convert to Islam.

He also calls for U-S soldiers to switch sides in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It's the second time he's appeared in a video with Ayman al-Zawahri. But he makes a lengthier speech this time -- an indication that al-Qaida may think he's someone who can communicate effectively with Americans.

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