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Omar Hammimi, an American turned al Shabaab jihadist was killed in Somalia by former comrades

This time he’s actually dead.

At least, that’s what the current reports are saying.  The “he” is American-born jihadist Omar Hammami, who is also known as Abu Mansour al Amriki.

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The nickname of the dead terrorist, “al Amriki,” means “the American.”  He was born in Alabama to a Muslim Syrian father and an American Christian mother.  Originally raised as a Southern Baptist, Hammami eventually turned towards his father’s religion, but unlike his father, Omar could not reconcile a western life and the practice of the Islamic religion.

The young Hammami was close with his Jewish high school teacher, Kathleen Hirsch, who mentored him for six years while he was in the gifted student program first in elementary school and then at Daphne Middle School in Alabama.

As Hammami became increasingly consumed by Islam, he flouted the rules and dared anyone to stop him.  Apparently, no one did.

“By his junior year, Hammami had become a spectacle. He made a point of praying by the flagpole outside school yet refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance, friends recalled. In class, he swore at Hirsch, his longtime teacher, assailing her for being Jewish,” The New York Times reported in a lengthy 2010 story about him.

Hammami moved first to Canada, where he married a Somali girl whose family had fled the civil war in her home country.  Their next stop was Egypt.  In 2006 Hammami, disappointed by the secularism of Egypt, moved again, leaving behind his wife and child.  This time Hammami went to Somalia, intent upon pursuing his goal of jihad.  He hoped to help usher in the caliphate, that is, an Islamic world order. He wanted to live where Islamic ideology, the Sharia, is practiced fully and accurately.

Hammami joined al Shabaab, the “Muhahadeen Youth Movement,” which is an al Qaeda faction based in Somalia.  Al Shabaab is dedicated to fighting enemies of Islam, and have been responsible for many deaths of foreign aid workers in Somalia.  The group controls large portions of southern Somalia, where it has imposed very strict Islamic rules.

In the seven years during which Abu Mansour al Amriki was in Somalia, he served as a Shabaab military commander, propagandist, recruiter, and fundraiser.

Although Omar rose quickly through the al Shabaab ranks, the same qualities that marked him as a leader first in his Alabama schools, then amongst his fellow al Qaeda terrorists, soured his fellow Islamists.  Omar “starred” in too many propaganda and recruiting videos.  He even released several “hip hop” videos, encouraging others to join him in jihad. The other al Shabaab leaders turned on Hammami and exiled him in January, 2013, for his “narcissistic pursuit of fame.”

Al Amriki again turned to videos to express his displeasure with his former comrades, chastising them for being short-sighted.  The al Shabaab terrorists were solely focused on controlling Somalia, whereas al Amriki wanted to conquer the whole world for Islam.

According to reports, the Somali insurgents had enough of the white-skinned jihadist with the big plans. Twice before there were rumors of al Amriki’s death.

Members of al Shabaab reportedly shot and killed Hammami and a colleague in their hideout in southern Somalia on Thursday, September, 12.  He was 29 years old.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

75 COMMENTS

  1. Well, he DID want Sharia. Guess he got it! Islam law is swift and terrible. Now if only Mohammed could abrogate the Koran today to tell them all to kill themselves. Hurry, the virgins await!

  2. I dunno. I have to wonder — isn't there any way we could still fix this genius up with the girl written about by this reporter in her last story — the one who decries western oppression while she goes to Penn (where tuition, room and board cost OVER $60,000 a year!). I bet Mr. Amriki and Ms. I'mafreeki would have gotten along GREAT. I can't help thinking that the Penn co-ed would feel that life was so authentic in Somalia. Maybe Penn could arrange for an exchange program with the guys who shot this guy in the head? Field work? Anything?

  3. …and I thought till today that I'd have no positive thoughts about Islamic extremists…at last you guys have pointed your weapons in the right direction,at one another that is!!!…The Shia and Sunni leadership is at each other's throats…and if only the rest of you 1.5 billon bloodthirsty wits would follow their lead,then this world would breath a sigh of relief….I have a dream….

  4. Of course, it shows he had no regard for anyone but himself, leaving a wife and child to fend for themselves while he was out on his grand scheme. Hope he's dead, one less Jihadi, a few more millions to go. Good riddance!

  5. It is best if these people kill each other as it saves valuable ammunition for the rest of these jokers. This story also carries with it an understanding of what is to come with all of these Islamic Rebel Groups and that is the bloodbath will really come once they are in control of the population. Nothing can be worse than a fanatical Muslim as we have already seen in Egypt with the diminished status of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the whining of our US Presidential Muslim.

  6. Tragic but telling. They cannot stand education and learning. It's tragic his idiotic parents didn't listen to the 'don't be unequally yoked' adage. It's tragic they seemingly were so incompetent in child rearing they couldn't direct his intelligence during puberty. Islam kills, we that can think know this, however in my opinion his parents are the culprits even more than 'the american'.

  7. Further proof of the dangers of allowing Muslims to immigrate to our countries. We're being sold out by our ignorant politicians who are bringing people who follow a subversive political ideology. All moderate Muslims are sleepers if they truly have a strong tie to Islam. The goal of a caliphate if the highest aim of the Koran. Any Muslim who does not help in the goal is an apostate. Let the stay in their own countries and war against each other.

  8. You're spot on when you say "moderate Muslims will just stand by smiling and watch the radicals hate America". In my opinion, "moderate Muslims" do NOT have the right to complain about negative profiling if they are completely unwilling to act against the radicals within their own religion.

  9. I'm always amazed at how otherwise "normal" people who convert to Islam are so ready to commit murder. I've seen people become Christians and become zealots but it is a big step to become a killer. Unless it is already ingrained within them….or something about the Koran makes them so. Also, I've never known anyone who became a Christian by reading the Bible. Yet I've heard endless accounts of people converting to Islam after reading the Koran. I wonder what is in there? That's a rhetorical statement…no plan to read that.

  10. I'm always amazed at how otherwise "normal" people who convert to Islam are so ready to commit murder. I've seen people become Christians and become zealots but it is a big step to become a killer. Unless it is already ingrained within them….or something about the Koran makes them so. Also, I've never known anyone who became a Christian by reading the Bible. Yet I've heard endless accounts of people converting to Islam after reading the Koran. I wonder what is in there? That's a rhetorical statement…no plan to read that.

  11. I'm always amazed at how otherwise "normal" people who convert to Islam are so ready to commit murder. I've seen people become Christians and become zealots but it is a big step to become a killer. Unless it is already ingrained within them….or something about the Koran makes them so. Also, I've never known anyone who became a Christian by reading the Bible. Yet I've heard endless accounts of people converting to Islam after reading the Koran. I wonder what is in there? That's a rhetorical statement…no plan to read that.

  12. That religion condones murder in several contexts, so it gives sociopaths a socially-acceptable outlet in which to fulfill their violent fantasies. Most people do that by becoming cops, soldiers, or politicians, but some do it by converting to Islam.

  13. 1. Islam does not kill; it is religion that kills.
    2. To me, they are just common murderers. They don’t represent Islam.
    3. The QRN does not condone murder. And the punishment is this: “The just retribution for those who fight God and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter” [QRN5:33]

  14. If Muslims follow the QRN, they will find the QRN prohibits sects. But Muslims have forgotten the QRN.

    “You shall hold fast to the rope of God, all of you, and do not be divided. Recall God’s blessings upon you – you used to be enemies and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you therefrom. God thus explains His revelations for you, that you may be guided” [3:103]

    “(Do not fall in idol worship,) like those who divide their religion into sects; each party rejoicing with what they have” [30:32]

    “He decreed for you the same deen He decreed for Noah, and what we inspired to you, and what We decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "You shall uphold the deen and do not divide it” It is simply too difficult for the idol worshipers to accept what you advocate. God redeems to Himself whomever He wills; He guides to Himself only those who repent” [42:13]

    Some people follow the Torah. Some people follow the Bible. Muslims follow only the QRN.

  15. If Muslims follow the QRN, they will find the QRN prohibits sects. But Muslims have forgotten the QRN.

    “You shall hold fast to the rope of God, all of you, and do not be divided. Recall God’s blessings upon you – you used to be enemies and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you therefrom. God thus explains His revelations for you, that you may be guided” [3:103]

    “(Do not fall in idol worship,) like those who divide their religion into sects; each party rejoicing with what they have” [30:32]

    “He decreed for you the same deen He decreed for Noah, and what we inspired to you, and what We decreed for Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: "You shall uphold the deen and do not divide it” It is simply too difficult for the idol worshipers to accept what you advocate. God redeems to Himself whomever He wills; He guides to Himself only those who repent” [42:13]

    Some people follow the Torah. Some people follow the Bible. Muslims follow only the QRN.

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