Omar Shafik Hammami, formerly from Alabama, has reportedly been a senior leader in al Shabaab, an insurgency group in Somalia. Al Shabaab was designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in 2008; it has since repeatedly threatened terrorist actions against America and American interests. Hammami allegedly traveled to Somalia in 2006 and joined al Shabaab’s military wing, eventually becoming a leader in the organization. Hammami—who has been indicted in the U.S. on various terrorism charges—is believed to be in Somalia.
Hammami is a United States citizen and former resident of Alabama. He is believed to be in Somalia. Hammami speaks Arabic and English fluently, and some Somali.
Omar Shafik Hammami was indicted originally in the Southern District of Alabama in 2007 on terrorism violations. A superseding indictment was returned against Hammami in 2009 on terrorism violations for leaving the United States to join the Somalia-based terrorist organization, al-Shabaab. He is alleged to have provided material support to terrorists as early as 2006.
On December 13, 2007, a federal warrant was issued by the United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama, for Hammami’s arrest.
Convenient timing? The most wanted list must be getting pretty thin if this guy made it to the top. Then again, considering Team Forward is funding/arming Muslim terrorists in Syria including al Qaeda – as it did in Libya – and partnering with the Muslim Brotherhood, and removing Hamas funders from sanctions lists, the list is dwindling.
Back posts on Hammami here.
Background on the Muslim Brotherhood-founded MSA for the unitiated, here.
The Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, or MSA (also known as MSA National), was established mainly by members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in January 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Nyack College theologian Larry A. Poston writes that “many of the founding members of this agency [MSA] were members of, or had connections to,” the Muslim Brotherhood or Jamaat-i-Islami. The three most significant founders of MSA were Ahmed Totanji, Jamal Barzinji, and Hisham al Talib, all of whom were MB leaders of Iraqi descent. Other noteworthy individuals who served as early co-founders of MSA were Mahboob Khan and Malika Khan.