US militant in Somalia still waging 'jihad' against US
Friday, April 05, 2013
American-born Islamic militant Omar Hamami remains committed to
waging jihad against US interests, he said in an interview published on
Thursday, despite a $5 million bounty that Washington placed on his
Hamami, who has parted ways with fellow Al-Shebab militants in
Somalia, told the Danger Room website that he nevertheless remains
committed to armed struggle against the United States.
"I believe in attacking US interests everywhere," he told Danger Room
in a running dialogue on Twitter. "No 2nd thoughts and no turning
Nicknamed "the rapping jihadist" for his work enlisting Shebab
recruits through his English-language rap songs and videos, Hamami, 28,
is a former resident of Alabama who moved to Somalia in 2006.
Also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki or "the American," Hamami late
last year announced his split from the insurgents, who he says now want
to kill him.
Now the most prominent American jihadi left alive, Hamami told Danger
Room that he is aware "my life may be in danger" as Washington targets
Islamist militants overseas, including those with US citizenship.
Tweeting from an undisclosed location in Somalia, the militant -- who
now spends his days online denouncing his former Islamist colleagues as
corrupt -- refers to himself as the "former poster boy" of the group.
He told Danger Room that he also spends his time in Somalia growing
vegetables, helping his wives around the house, and trolling his former
Shebab colleagues on Twitter, under the handle @abumamerican.
Born in 1984 to a Syrian Muslim immigrant father and a white
Protestant mother, Hamami was raised as a Christian but began to feel
estranged from his upbringing as teenager before moving to Somalia.
Hamami was indicted in 2009 by an Alabama district court for
providing support to a terrorist organization, and two years later he
was placed on a US Treasury blacklist freezing all his assets in the
United States. In November, his name was posted on the FBI's Most Wanted
He and another militant, Jehad Mostafa, last month were named under
the State Department's Rewards for Justice program for their ties to the
Al-Qaeda linked Shebab.
He served as a military commander under Mostafa, a former resident of San Diego, California, who left for Somalia in 2005.