Former Muslim Student Association president from Alabama identified as al Qaeda-linked Somali terrorist

Abu Mansour al-Amriki, “The American”, was born Omar Hammami in May 1984 in Daphne, Alabama; he was president of the Muslim Student Association at South Alabama University.

By Mike Levine| Fox News

A week after the 9/11 attacks, a young Muslim at South Alabama University told the school’s newspaper it was “difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this.”

Now, eight years later, he is professing to launch attacks himself and calling on others to join the fight, as terror-related charges await him at home in Alabama, FOX News has learned exclusively.

Abu Mansour al-Amriki — or “The American” — has become one of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of terrorist propaganda.

He has been in war-torn Somalia for several years, fighting the secular government there with a group known as al-Shabaab, which has ties to Al Qaeda and was labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government last year. Only recently has he taken on a starring — and jarring — role in al-Shabaab’s outreach efforts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been looking into him for several years. In fact, a grand jury in Mobile, Ala., has already indicted him on charges of providing material support to terrorists, a source said. It’s unclear when the indictment was filed.

Al-Amriki first surfaced in October 2007, when Al-Jazeera TV aired a report about the “common goal” of Al Qaeda and hard-line militants in Somalia. The report described al-Amriki as “a fighter” and “military instructor,” but he concealed his face with a cloth wrap throughout the report.

In April, he showed his face for the first time, during a highly-polished, 30-minute recruitment video posted online. It featured anti-American hip-hop and sporadic images of Usama bin Laden.

In the video, he purportedly led a group of al-Shabaab militants in an ambush of pro-government forces in Somalia. Speaking about one man killed in the fight, he said, “We need more like him, so if you can encourage more of your children and more of your neighbors, anyone around, to send people like him to this jihad, it would be a great asset for us.”

The violent world that 25-year-old al-Amriki now inhabits is a stark contrast to the sleepy, suburban life he left behind.

He was born Omar Hammami in May 1984, and he grew up outside Mobile, Ala., in the city of Daphne.

Despite inching toward a population of 25,000 in recent years, Daphne still maintains “the ambience of a small town where the people are friendly and caring, and newcomers soon become good friends,” according to the city’s Web site. The city has streets with names like “Whispering Pines Road.”

In fact, U.S. News & World Report calls it one of the “Best Places” in the country. And among Daphne’s top assets, according to the city’s Web site, are its “reputable schools.”

During his later teenage years, Hammami attended Daphne High School and frequented the Islamic Society of Mobile, one of the most popular mosques in the Mobile area. It’s unclear whether he was always a practicing Muslim, but a source told FOX News that he has family ties to Islam. A call to the mosque was not returned.

As for Daphne High School, it looks like the all-American high school straight out of the TV show “Friday Night Lights” — complete with the picturesque football field and massive flood lights. Before classes each morning, a small group of students gathers in front of the school to hold hands in Christian prayer. A short time later, a different group carries out an American flag, lifts it to the top of a pole, and stands hands-over-hearts as the “Pledge of Allegiance” is recited over a loudspeaker.

The school’s principal, Don Blanchard, remembers Hammami as a a good student who didn’t get into too much trouble.

“Omar, he was just one of us, he was a good kid,” Blanchard said.

According to school yearbooks, Hammami didn’t participate in any organized school activities. But his last school photo in 2001 shows a smiling, skinny boy with short hair — almost unrecognizable as Abu Mansour al-Amriki except for the unmistakable nose and ears. That same year, at age 17, he graduated a year early from high school, leaving his peers behind to enroll in South Alabama University in Mobile for what would have been his senior year.

Shortly after he started classes at South Alabama University, Al Qaeda launched the 9/11 attacks. A week later, the school newspaper The Vanguard ran a story about the impact the attacks might have on Muslim communities. It quoted the new president of the school’s Muslim Student Association: Omar Hammami.

“Everyone was really shocked,” Hammami told The Vanguard at the time. “Even now it’s difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this.”

Hammami told The Vanguard he was worried there could be misguided acts of retribution against Muslims.

“The only way to diffuse this is to get the word out,” said Hammami, who would later drop out of college and travel to several countries before landing in Somalia. “With ignorance comes fear and with fear comes violence.”

Violence is what Hammami, as al-Amriki, now says is necessary in Somalia — even as he remembers the life he left behind in Alabama.

“The only reason we’re staying here away from our families, away from the cities, away from, you know, ice, candy bars, all these other things is because we are waiting to meet with the enemy,” he said in the April video posted online.

Blanchard expressed surprise that the person he once knew could now be in Somalia.

“I guess you never know what’s going to happen the next day, or what somebody, what influences they may have or come across that leads them on a path other than what it appeared that they might be on,” Blanchard said.

Al-Amriki’s most recent message came out in July, a month after President Barack Obama promised “a new beginning” with the Muslim world during a speech in Cairo.

“Despite the fact that you have been … forced [by Muslim fighters] to at least pretend to extend your hand in peace to the Muslims, we cannot and shall not extend our hands,” al-Amriki said in an audiotape. “Rather, we shall extend to you our swords, until you leave our lands.”

The United States and other countries have recently been assisting Somalia’s government in its battle against al-Shabaab. Somalia has had no stable government since 1991, when dictator Siad Barre was ousted from power. A newer secular government has had trouble keeping Muslim militants at bay, and in 2006 fighting with al-Shabaab intensified after Western-backed Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia. U.S. officials say if al-Shabaab prevails, Somalia could turn into a haven for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

The FBI, in particular, has been keeping a close eye on al-Shabaab’s moves. In addition to Hammami’s case, for much of the past year the FBI has been looking into how dozens of young men from the Minneapolis area and elsewhere were recruited to train and possibly fight alongside al-Shabaab in Somalia.

In October 2008, 27-year-old college student Shirwa Ahmed of Minneapolis became “the first known American suicide bomber” when he blew himself up in Somalia, killing dozens, according to the FBI. Since then at least four more men from Minneapolis have been killed in Somalia, according to their families.

A grand jury in Minneapolis has been investigating the case for several months, and three men have already pleaded guilty to terror-related charges, including providing material support to terrorists. The indictments said the men traveled to Somalia “so that they could fight jihad” there.

The FBI in Mobile and Washington declined to comment for this article, referring questions to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Mobile, which could not be reached. ~ end


More from Libertarian Republican: including some videos of Hammami.

More on the Muslim Brotherhood-founded Muslim Student Association (MSA) here.

Founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, MSA was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends”[1] who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”

In its earliest days, MSA was financed largely by Saudi Arabia. In return, says a February 2008 New York Times piece, the organization’s leaders “pushed the kingdom’s puritan, Wahhabi strain of Islam.”

Here’s an image of Hammami during his high school days from al.com:

(Press-Register file photo) In this May 1, 2000, copyrighted Press-Register file photo, Omar Hammami of Daphne High, standing, presents the Baldwin U.N. Security Council with Pakistan's position in the dispute over Kashmir. Hammami is now reported by Fox News to be a terror suspect linked to al-Qaeda and living in Somalia under the name Abu Mansour al-Amriki.

Here is the full al Amriki video that Jawa Report posted back on April Fool’s Day:


13 Responses

  1. Do you think someone from the MSA would have quickly recognized and reported this guy? Shhhhhhh – the silence is deafening…

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  5. I’d like to make it clear, heres the formal statement of dr.morsy

    “DR Morsi : MB has a Peaceful agenda”

    Dr. Mohamed Morsy, MB Executive Bureau Member, asserted that Muslim Brotherhood does not practice violence for achieving political ends and condemns it whether it comes from individuals ‚ groups or states and governments .
    This statement comes after slanders by some Egyptian media against Muslim Brotherhood, defaming the group with political violence.
    In his statement to Ikhwanweb, Dr. Morsy has ascertained that the agenda Muslim Brotherhood adopts is a peaceful and reformist one, based on respecting democracy as a cornerstone and honoring mechanisms of civil society. “Muslim Brotherhood rejects all forms of violence” Dr. Morsy collaborates “and unceasingly believes in non-violent constitutional strife and peaceful rotation of power”.

    Also;
    ” Habib: Muslim Brotherhood is Not Anti-American ”

    The MB’s latest statement on Bush’s visit has been misinterpreted by some western media as a declaration of enmity toward the American nation as a whole, which stimulated instant response by the MB to elaborate the nature of the movement’s vision, which makes clear-cut distinction between the current U.S. administration and the American people.

    In this regard, the Muslim Brotherhood’s first deputy chairman, Dr. Muhammad Habib, insisted that the statement should be understood solely as an attack on the U.S. foreign policy under the current administration, not the USA in general.

    Dr. Habib on his part strenuously condemned the U.S. post 9-11th policy which violated almost all international conventions and agreements, invading Afganistan, occupying Iraq, and backing Israel’s barbaric actions such as expansion of settlements and ethnic cleansing—all at the expense of the Palestinian population.

    “The Democrats themselves explicitly acknowledged the fact that the foreign as well as domestic policies adopted by the Bush administration have led to the loss of international respect to America, which necessitates a lot of subsequent efforts to retain it,” Habib added. “But I repeat, there is a huge difference between our vision of the U.S. administration, and the American people. A significant number of Americans oppose George Bush’s policies, and Millions of them took part in anti Iraq war demonstrations.”

    At the end of his statement, Habib said he dreams of the day when sincere efforts of people and NGOs from both sides, the USA and the Arab world, can get together and cooperate for the sake of everybody’s stability and justice.

  6. Omar,

    With whatever respect is due to someone who blatantly lies while attempting their dawah and obfuscating the truth.

    The Ikhwan made it very clear in a statement to all its brothers, friends, and likeminded groups in the United States in this letter:

    The Muslim Brotherhood’s directive to its American entities (pdf):

    The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ’sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers [Muslims] so that it is eliminated and God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and we have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet.

    A mission as significant and huge as the settlement mission needs magnificent and exhausting efforts. As for the role of the Ikhwan, it is the initiative, pioneering, leadership, raising the banner and pushing people in that direction [Jihad]. They are then able to employ, direct, and unify Muslims’ efforts and powers for this process. In order to do that, we must possess a mastery of the art of “coalitions”, the art of “absorption” and the principles of “cooperation”.

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  9. I would just like to make a correction- the name of his university is University of South Alabama, NOT South Alabama University.

  10. ISLAMIC COMMENTARY (MUST READ)

    …If it is clearly inscribed in the Qur’an/Koran particularly in the Tawrat/Torah and more specifically on the block of stone of the prophet Musa/Moses (peace be upon him) that killing a person is forbidden by Almighty God (or whatever term used by different languages/dialects or by different groups of people around the globe [to be fair to all related religions]), then the only action that is allowed in dealing with a deadly attacker is to paralyze him for self-defense with extra care to avoid killing him (since there is no any word other than “You shall not kill.” inscribed on the block of stone of the prophet Musa/Moses [peace be upon him] as a commandment of Almighty God). If the meaning of the word “Muslim” is the one who submits to Almighty God, then the person who does the forbidden act of killing is not a Muslim since he does not submit to Almighty God (A killer is a Nonmuslim.).

    If the meaning of the word “Islam” is the submission to the will of Almighty God (which is love, compassion, mercifulness, and all kinds of goodness) and obedience to His law that include the law “You shall not kill.”, then any act involved in the struggle or jihad shall be a peaceful act that avoid killing any person; and any teaching that says that the act of killing a person is a part of the law of Almighty God is a misinterpretation of the unknown present-day Nonmuslim person/s and/or false teaching and evil teaching of the unknown present-day Nonmuslim person/s (who intentionally or unintentionally destroy/s Islam) because the act of killing is against the will of Almighty God (which is love, compassion, mercifulness, and all kinds of goodness) – the act of killing a person and all acts of cruelty are contrary to love, contrary to compassion, contrary to mercifulness, and contrary to all kinds of goodness. Also, if Islam means the submission to the will of Almighty God and obedience to His law that include the law “You shall not kill.”, then the doctrine that allows the “intentional” act of directly or indirectly killing (a) person/s with the sole purpose of defending an ideology or religion and allows the use of defense-of-religion or defense-of-ideology to justify any “intentional” act of killing (a) person/s is not an Islamic doctrine…

    COPIED FROM: TheServiceweb’s Channel Youtube

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  13. In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most merciful——-

    February 27, 2014

    Galib Malik Ramathan
    1880 Weston Rd
    Toronto, Ontario, M9N 1W1, Canada

    E-Mail galibramathan1979@hotmail.com

    To Whom It May Concern:

    My Dear Brothers/Sisters in Islam

    Assalamu Alaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakathu

    My name is Galib Ramathan. I was born in Mogadishu, Somalia on January 1st 1981. I am from a poor Muslim family. I have a problem and I need some help from my Muslim brothers and sisters. I am sick I have a mental problem. I am not feeling well, I suffer mental illness called Schizophrenia; I am unable to work or to go to school because of this illness, Presently, I am taking a medication. I have a family doctor in Toronto, Ontario

    Today I am not in good health. My health is worsening Allah is my witness. I don’t have any family in Canada. My family is living in Africa Cairo, Egypt.

    I would like to visit with my family and spend more time with them to feel much better. I am a Canadian citizen but I don’t have money for airline ticket. My airline ticket it cost $1065.00 including everything. I am planning to go to Cairo, Egypt on March 31, 2014 insha-Allah

    For that reason I am requesting any Zakat Whatever Zakat you can afford please send me a cheque with my name on it at above address on the top of this letter as soon as possible. Please work hard I am waiting for you.

    I am going to Egypt in order to improve my health condition to feel much better. I am in need of important urgent support and please try to assist me the best you can. If you don’t help me nobody else can help me you are my Muslim brothers and sisters. Please don’t ignore me as long as we are Muslim brothers and sisters.

    Any amount of money that I can get will be greatly appreciated. May Allah will give you more than you give me and May Allah will help you and reward you. Please donate to me generously and kindly. And please try to get back to me as soon as possible with good news.

    I am requesting for help for the sake of God. I need your help and would you please help me in this situation? Any way you can help me I will be greatly appreciated.

    I would like to have a chance to live happily and to experience no frustration due to my illness. I am very desperate for your help. If you don’t help me, who will?

    Thank you, for your understanding and May Allah bless you and your family.

    Jazak Allah Khayran

    Yours truly,
    Galib Ramathan

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