Posted by: Chuck | September 14, 2013

American Jihadist Omar Hammami Likely Killed in Somalia, Father Reacts

An American-born jihadist fighting for an al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia has allegedly been killed by the terror group, months after a public spat between the Alabama-raised man and the group’s leadership. Omar Hammami, known in the terrorist organization of al-Shabaab as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki and featured in a recent ABC News report, was gunned down in an al-Shabaab ambush in Somalia’s southern Bay region, according to another member of the terror group cited in a report by The Associated Press. Agence France Presse reported similar circumstances for Hammami’s alleged death, based on sources in the region. Hammami has been reported dead several times before, but an African diplomat in the region and an American terrorism expert who has been in contact with Hammami told ABC News the reports are very likely true this time. Two senior U.S. officials said the American intelligence community is “cautiously optimistic” the reports are accurate, but they have not been confirmed. Hammami is one of the highest-profile members of al-Shabaab and one of the most prominent accused American terrorists, with a $5 million reward from the State Department for information leading to his capture. He left the U.S. for Somalia in 2006 and rose in the ranks to eventually serve as a “military leader” in al-Shabaab, according to the U.S. government. He was indicted in the U.S. in November 2006 and charged with terrorism-related crimes. “He’s alleged to have made significant contributions to this terrorist organization’s media and military activities,” State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said today. (Source: ABC News 9/13/13)




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