Mar 18 2012
American-born jihadi Omar Hammami has released a new video in which he admits fearing for his life. Hammami, known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki, or ‘the American’, said that members of his own Somali militia group may kill him over differences of opinion.
UK DAILY MAIL He appears in a video saying he has disagreed with his comrades in the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militia on Islam’s Sharia law and strategy. In it he says: ‘To whom this may reach, I record this message today because I feel my life may be in danger.’
Sitting with an automatic rifle besides him, he identifies the group and says the threat is ‘due to differences between us’. Hammami is the most visible of foreign fighters in the ranks of the al-Shabab, Somalia’s most dangerous militant group.
The cell is trying to topple the country’s weak U.N.-backed government. Al-Shabab has been designated a terror group by the U.S. government. Al-Qaida says it has merged with al-Shabab.
Hammami grew up in the middle-class town of Daphne, Alabama, before joining the militants in 2007.
Background on al-Amriki (the American)