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Jihadist Born in Alabama and Radicalized in U.S. is Reportedly Killed in Somalia

By Don Terry on September 12, 2013 - 1:29 pm, Posted in Muslim Extremism

Omar Hammami, the intellectually gifted, popular, church-going teen from small town Daphne, Ala., who turned into a rap song-writing and performing al Qaeda propagandist, was reportedly killed in an ambush on Thursday in southern Somalia.

The ambush, according to the Associated Press, was ordered by the leader of Hammami’s terrorist organization – the Somalia-based al-Shabaab, a barbaric group whose members in 2008 stoned to death a 13-year-old rape victim in a stadium filled with spectators.

Hammami, 29, who adopted the name Abu Mansoor al-Amriki – meaning “the American” – had reportedly been on the run from his fellow jihadists for several months after a falling-out with al-Shabaab’s leadership. He had accused al-Shabaab’s leaders of living extravagant lifestyles on the taxes collected by the group’s fighters from Somalis, according to the AP. He was also on the run from U.S.  He was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list with a $5 million reward for his capture.

“To have an American citizen that has risen to this kind of rank in a terrorist organization – we have not seen that before,” a senior U.S. law enforcement official told The New York Times in 2010.

The Intelligence Report wrote about Hammami and his transformation from Alabama high school kid to ruthless terrorist in 2011 as part of a cover story on homegrown jihadists 10 years after the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

With Hammami’s reported death on Thursday, three of the 10 homegrown jihadists profiled by the Report have been killed. Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, and Samir Khan, who grew up in Charlotte, N.C., were killed in a U.S. drone attack in Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.

Hammami had become the public face of al-Shabaab and was known for releasing videos with English-language rap songs intended to promote jihad to Western youth. He grew up on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, dated one of the prettiest girls in town, was class president of his high school as a sophomore and was compared by a classmate to the mischievous, coming-of-age movie hero “Ferris Bueller.”

His father was a Muslim immigrant from Syria. His mother was a Southern Baptist. Hammami grew up as a Christian. But the outgoing boy known for his personal magnetism began to change after returning home from a trip to Syria as a teenager. After converting to Islam in his junior year of high school, he swore at his English teacher for being Jewish and tried to choke a student who interrupted him while he was reciting the Koran.

At the University of South Alabama, he started wearing ankle-length gowns used by Gulf Arabs and adopted a strict personal code of conduct before dropping out in 2002. He moved to Toronto, where he married a Somali woman, and then moved on to Egypt and eventually Somalia, where he first surfaced publicly in 2007.

By 2009, he reportedly showed his face on camera for the first time, appearing in a sophisticated 30-minute recruitment video with anti-American hip-hop music and images of Osama bin Laden. The video depicted Hammami leading al-Shabaab militants in an ambush of Somali forces.

Over the years, there have been previous reports of his death. After one such report, Hammami soon resurfaced with two new songs that appeared on the Internet – including one, “Send Me a Cruise,” in which he begs for martyrdom.

It looks like he has finally gotten his wish. A U.S. terrorism expert who closely follows the inner workings of al-Shabaab told the AP that he thinks the current reports of the death of the rapping jihadist are accurate.

  • Reynardine

    Sam: you can’t hide in my basement. I don’t have one.

  • Sam Molloy

    Rey, anything can happen and if the Constitution Party takes over can I hide in your basement? But Radical Islam is factually a threat to civilization also.

  • aadila

    A quote above talks of joining jihad as one and the same with terrorism. It isn’t. One can just as easily follow jihad in their private life to be more ethical in business, to give more to charity, or to follow the various precepts of Islam.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, by the on-line chatter from “Chrischuns” I’ve been seeing, any of us, but especially you, are at far greater risk of being exterminated (as they see it) by those. This Moozlamic empire noise is their (a) projection, and (b) distraction.

  • Reynardine

    Sam, the right types of corn are most nutritious for people. That is not what is being grown for the gasohol/methanol industry, and fuel corn takes many acres out of food production and depletes the soil. Grass-feeding our beef and slaughtering at the baby beef stage would make our meat production thriftier, more wholesome, and more humane

  • Sam Molloy

    Aadilia, off topic, but eliminating commercial meat production would have many benefits. We are pumping water out of the Ogallila Aquifer way faster than it is being replenished, to grow corn, a crop that has little food value for us and uses an enormous amount of water. We feed the corn to hogs and burn it in our cars. This is a huge error on our part.

  • Sam Molloy

    Aron, and Gregory, I was quoting David Carey Hary’s statistic. His point was that only one in 30 are extremist. My point is that, even if it were 1 in 300, there are so many Muslims worldwide that the number of extremists is quite high and is a huge threat. A threat often underrated by Liberals who cannot see the forest for the trees.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “Liberal, but not a leftard said,

    on September 13th, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Uh-oh! Clearly, you are all right-wing haters, racists and Islamophobes for having articles like this one and a category of “Muslim Extremism.”

    What a disgusting extremist Muslim-bashing hate site! How DARE you!

    I’m going to write to SPLC write away and rat you out for your Islamophobia and Muslim-bashing!

    Oh wait…

    Hypocrites. You should be ashamed of yourselves for bashing PATRIOTS who are doing the same sort of expose you have here.:”

    Well, “Liberal, but not a leftard,” you are obviously neither.

    However, you are clearly way behind on your reading, because if you had scrutinized this site, rather than hit the keyboard and explode with sarcasm, you would notice that SPLC has tracked both Islamists who want to destroy America and Islamophobes who want to destroy Islam, with equal determination.

    I suspect your “liberalism” is probably rooted in the gospels of Ayn Rand, Rush Limbaugh, and Alex Jones.

    Please “liberal, but not a leftard,” fill the room with your deep reasoning on this subject…we need more bowling pins to knock down.

  • aadila

    Erika, I thought it was soy that caused so many sins. But actually it’s not the consumption of meat I oppose but the ghastly conditions, and huge imbalances in human ecology when animals are slaughtered for mass consumption (i.e. the large scale waste of water and energy). That, and the fact that if all the grain consumed by beef cattle were distributed to people instead, we would have enough protein to feed the world. Clearly we cannot implement U.N. Agenda 21 fast enough.

  • Reynardine

    There are far more Americans of Christian affiliation shot by their own kind than by anyone else. Twice, I was lawfully married to a Muslim; I was never raped, kidnapped, or pressed into slavery by one, nor do I personally know of anyone who was. Matthew Shepherd was not killed by Muslims. James Byrd was not killed by Muslims. Anders Breivik was assuredly not a Muslim, nor Daryl Dedmon, nor the Aurora shooter, nor the child butcher of Sandy Hook. The jury is out on the shipyard shooters, but I bet not. And though I devoutly hope you live out your natural life span in peace and fulfillment, Sam, if you are murdered, I am nearly certain your murderer will not be a Muslim.

  • Erika

    aadila, the evils of red meat consumption are exposed in the Jackie T. Cow (actually it really should be Calf) tract Satan’s Barbeque (where you find out that eating hamburgers causes all sorts of sin from homosexuality to secular humanism to liberalism – and of course, ultimately what is really being barbequed is you! for all enternity in a Lake of Fire!!!)

    and yes, i kind of am making fun of you vegitarians :)

    And as for the degree of danger between radical Moslems and Bapitsts no Moslem has ever left a tract on my car when it was parked in a different church parking lot. . If they could leave tracts under your windshield, they could violently attack you – and not only that, they are right up the road from me!!! so personally, i’m very scared of Baptists :)

  • Gregory

    My previous comment was truncated, for some reason.

    Anyway, Sam, it is true that jihadis pose a threat to stability and security internationally, and not just for Americans. But you are exaggerating the threat, as you have peddled the fictional threat of a worldwide alliance between muslims and communists in the past.

    FWIW, you don’t need a muslim government to get anti-gay laws. Just ask the Russians and the Ugandans. The homophobia there is driven by the christians.

  • Gregory

    Sam,
    As you have demonstrated in the past, statistical analysis is not you forte. The poll referenced cannot, nor should not, be extrapolated globally. It is specific to the attitudes in the US muslim population in 2007. It is a small threat, in a world of larger threats.

  • aadila

    “That makes Muslim Extremism worldwide statistically the largest danger by far to the American way of life.”

    Actually, Sam, I think that would be heart disease. Something which can be reduced by adhering to a vegetarian or vegan diet (with plenty of Brussels sprouts, Aron) or at least avoiding red meat, taking light to moderate exercise regularly, working to live instead of living to work, and reducing the amount of time one spends being angry. It also doesn’t hurt to meditate daily. Let’s all declare jihad on the hate that resides in our hearts.

  • Aron

    Hey Sam, where are you getting that statistic? Because I just spoke to your proctologist, and he told me all if the statistics you’re pulling out of your behindus could result in polyps. And don’t worry: he didn’t violate HIPAA. I am looking out for your best interests.

  • aadila

    At least Somalia has a nominal government now and (while attendence is very low) honest to God schools. Think what even a single school means for children!

  • Sam Molloy

    David Carey Hart, OK. Let’s assume for a moment that the statistic of one in 30,000 Muslims being willing to give their life to kill Americans is correct. That makes Muslim Extremism worldwide statistically the largest danger by far to the American way of life. Also to freedom in general worldwide. They are also the largest danger worldwide to Gay equality, Women’s equality, the freedom to be an Atheist, and all other causes championed by the American Left. And yet most Liberals never mention this huge threat, for fear of looking like bigoted anti Muslims. In reality, seriously eliminating the radical Jihadists, instead of the lame verbal criticisms their clerics come up with, would be the best thing moderate Muslims could do to promote their religion.

  • Reynardine

    So I see.

  • concernedcitizen

    Someone forgot to slam the door shut and let the liberal but not leftard in.

  • Jake

    So jihadi leaders lead extravagant lifestyles from money collected from fellow jihadis!!! Sounds like jihadi leaders and white supremacist leaders have something else in common, besides hating humanity.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee Critical Dragon1177

    Liberal,

    You wrote,
    ——————————————————————-
    Uh-oh! Clearly, you are all right-wing haters, racists and Islamophobes for having articles like this one and a category of “Muslim Extremism.”

    What a disgusting extremist Muslim-bashing hate site! How DARE you!

    I’m going to write to SPLC write away and rat you out for your Islamophobia and Muslim-bashing!

    Oh wait…

    Hypocrites. You should be ashamed of yourselves for bashing PATRIOTS who are doing the same sort of expose you have here.
    ——————————————————————-

    Why is it, I doubt you’re actually a liberal. Look, if by “patriots” you mean, people like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, they do far more than just attack Muslims who are genuine extremists. They denigrate and demonize Muslims in general, including mainstream moderate liberal Muslim organizations, by spreading anti Muslim conspiracy theories saying that they’re part of a fifth column. The people running the SPLC are not hypocrites for posting this story here and simultaneous opposing the “counter Jihad” which demonizes mainstream peaceful Muslims and fights “Stealth Jihad/Creeping Sharia,” a non existent threat to our freedom, while doing all they can to get the government to strip basic rights from Muslims to fight it.

  • Erika

    Of course, Aron and everyone also knows that the Klan are actually Moslems because they use a book called the Kloran!!!

    Of course, the lamestream media won’t tell you that Democrats are all radical Moslem Klan members who are headed straight for the Lake of Fire but you can learn the truth by reading the Jackie T. Cow tract “The Demonicrat Party” which exposes all of the shocking secrets (spoiler alert, the Pope is behind it all)

    HAW HAW HAW!!!

  • Aron

    But Erika, Strom Thurmond was a Democrat! And everybody knows Democrats love the Klan!

  • Erika

    i suspect that the self proclaimed “liberal” up there is actually about as liberal as Strom Thurmond

  • Gregory

    I thought we were libtards, not leftards. It is so difficult to keep up with the rapidly evolving vocabulary of the ‘Murkan right wing.

  • Aron

    Hey Wannabe Liberal,

    What exactly are you trying to say here? And that’s real mature, ‘not a leftard.’

    And this isn’t even the fifth, much less first article of this sort the SPLC has published. A couple years ago, the cover story of one of their ‘Intelligence Reports’ led with a story on homegrown Muslim extremism.

    Go back to Atlas Shrugs, imposter.

  • Jeff

    Finally some good news.

  • Liberal, but not a leftard

    Uh-oh! Clearly, you are all right-wing haters, racists and Islamophobes for having articles like this one and a category of “Muslim Extremism.”

    What a disgusting extremist Muslim-bashing hate site! How DARE you!

    I’m going to write to SPLC write away and rat you out for your Islamophobia and Muslim-bashing!

    Oh wait…

    Hypocrites. You should be ashamed of yourselves for bashing PATRIOTS who are doing the same sort of expose you have here.

  • Gregory

    Seriously, this is like a Borat skit gone bad.

  • http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com David Cary Hart

    The link is insufficient:

    “While some Americans may believe that Muslim communities are teeming with young men anxious to fight on the side of Al Qaeda, that simply isn’t the case. The vast majority of Muslims reject extremist ideology and violence. Those who have studied the radicalization process say that deeply held religious beliefs typically are not the primary motivation for joining jihad; for many recruits, it’s more about gaining a sense of identity or the prospect of glory on the battlefield. A Rand Corporation report in 2010 found that only about 100 Muslims in this country have joined jihad — about one in 30,000, based on a population estimated to be 3 million. A Pew Research Center poll in 2007 found that only 5 percent of American Muslims expressed a positive view of Al Qaeda. And, a study released this February by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in North Carolina, found that Muslims have been the top source of tips to law enforcement that thwarted terrorism attacks.”

  • Aron

    While I am not saddened by his death, I am saddened for his parents. His actions were undeniably his own, though I would love for a leading neurologist to examine his brain post-mortem. Something tells me there may be a development similar to Charles Whitman.

  • Brian

    A tragic story… but he who lives by the sword tends to die by it.