|American jihadi in Somalia tweets on kill attempt|
|[Shabelle] A most-wanted American jihadi in Somalia says a known assassin from the group a has shot him in the neck.|
Omar Hammami posted on Twitter about what he labeled an attempt late Thursday as he was sitting in a tea shop. He posted four pictures, one of which shows his face with blood on his neck and a blood-stained blue shirt.
On Friday Hammami tweeted that al-Shabaab's leader was sending forces against him.
Hammami moved from Alabama to Somalia and joined al-Shabaab in about 2006. He has since had a falling-out with the group and has previously publicized two al-Shabaab death threats against him.
The U.S. named Hammami to its Most Wanted terrorist list in March.
|Jihadi tweets of 'bid to kill me'|
| A most-wanted American jihadi in Somalia has tweeted pictures of himself after what he says was an assassination attempt. Omar Hammami posted four pictures, one of which shows his face with blood on his neck and a dark blood-stained t-shirt.|
Hammami, one of the two most notorious Americans in overseas jihadi groups, moved from Alabama to Somalia and joined al-Shabab in about 2006. He fought alongside the al-Qaida-linked group for years while gaining fame for posting YouTube videos of jihadi rap songs.
But Hammami has engaged in a public fight with the group over the last year amid signs of increasing tension between Somalis and foreign fighters in the group.
He first expressed fear for his life in an extraordinary web video in March 2012 that publicised his rift with al-Shabab. He said he received another death threat earlier this year that was not carried out.
"Just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critical yet," Hammami tweeted. He wrote that the leader of al-Shabab was sending in forces from multiple directions. "we are few but we might get back up. abu zubayr has gone mad. he's starting a civil war," Hammami posted.
Hammami has been a thorn in the side of al-Shabab after accusing the group's leaders of living extravagant lifestyles with the taxes fighters collect from Somali residents. Another Hammami grievance is that the Somali militant leaders sideline foreign militants inside al-Shabab and are concerned only about fighting in Somalia, not globally. Hammami's comment about a civil war could refer to violence between those two groups.
|The jihadi rapper hated by both sides|
|With songs such as Send Me a Cruise (Missile) and Make Jihad with Me, Alabama-born Omar Hammami's notoriety has led to the US state department putting a $5 million bounty on his head. Not that Hammami -- also known as al-Amriki, or "the American" -- is letting bother him.|
On Thursday he joked on Twitter, "As I'm a bit low on cash, how much is my left leg going for? I figure Shamil Basayev [leader of the Chechen rebel movement] did the one-leg jihad thing."
Hammami, 28, went to Somalia to join al-Shabaab in 2006 and the State Department said he began recruiting for the jihadi cause through his English-language rap songs and videos. His voice has been described as "a deep Barry White growl".
But it is not just his music that has upset US authorities. Hammami is believed to have fought for al-Shabaab in Somalia against the government. He was added to the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists in November last year.
In 2007, he was charged in Alabama with providing material support to terrorists. Two years later new charges were filed against him for leaving the US to join al-Shabaab, listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the state department in 2008.
Earlier this year Hammami released his autobiography, The Story of an American Jihadi, which, like his music, received poor reviews. The Christian Science Monitor described it as a "strange mixture of childish humour (he writes "ha ha" a lot to indicate something he found funny) and deadly serious description of his life with al-Shabaab".
Hammami spilt with al-Shabaab last year, and they denounced his statements and actions as motivated by the "narcissistic pursuit of fame and ... far removed from the reality on the ground".
Al-Shabaab now wants to kill him, but Hammami seems calm about the prospect of having groups on both sides of the war on terror after him. On Friday he joked on Twitter, "If being wanted dead by both US and Shabaab has something to do [with] my patchy beard, fake beards are something negotiable."
|Mother of US-born militant confronts al-Shabaab threat: 'It's in God's hands'|
|Omar Hammami, who left Alabama to join the Somali group, has been given Saturday deadline to turn himself in|
Debra Hammami is hoping for a miracle to save her son from the al-Qaeda-linked Somali he left his hometown in Alabama to fight alongside.
"It's in God's hands," she said Friday, on the eve of a deadline set by a
|Home Front: WoT|
|2 Ala. men arrested on federal terrorism charges|
| Two Alabama men who federal investigators say wanted to wage violent jihad overseas have been arrested in Georgia on terrorism charges, and one has close ties to another man previously identified as an Islamic terror leader, authorities said Tuesday.|
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy "Rasheed" Wilson, both 25 and from Mobile, were named in terrorism charges filed Monday, according to Kenyen R. Brown, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.
Prosecutors said Abukhdair was arrested at a bus terminal in Augusta, Ga., and Wilson was stopped in Atlanta while attempting to board a flight for the first leg of a trip to Morocco.
A sworn statement from an FBI agent said Wilson is a close friend and former roommate of Alabama native Omar Hammami, who was recently added to the list of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects.
"The law enforcement actions of today should send a clear warning to those who would consider engaging in violent jihad, either at home or abroad, that their future is bleak: they may end up in a U.S. prison cell or a casualty on a foreign battlefield," Brown said in a statement.
Court records did not indicate whether Abukhdair or Wilson has an attorney.
|7 Shabaab leaders added to Rewards for Justice most wanted list|
|The US State department has added seven senior leaders of Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, to the Rewards for Justice list.|
The rewards, which were first reported by Reuters, range from $7 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Shabaab's emir, to $3 million for other senior figures in the terror group.
The top reward, at $7 million, is offered for Ahmed Abdi Aw Mohamed, Shabaab's senior leader and co-founder. Mohamed, better known as Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr and Godane, was in direct contact with Osama bin Laden before his death, and brokered Shabaab's official merger with al Qaeda in February.
Rewards of $5 million are being offered for Sheikh Abu Mukhtar Robow, a senior military commander and propagandist; Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud, a military commander and al Qaeda leader; Ibrahim Haji Jama, the co-founder of Shabaab; and Sheikh Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, a senior financier and military commander.
The US will pay rewards of $3 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sheikh Hassan "Turki" Abdullahi Hersi (Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi), a military commander and Shabaab's intelligence chief who is closely tied to al Qaeda; and Abdullahi Yare, a senior Shabaab leader.
Zubayr's reward of $7 million puts him at number six on the Rewards for Justice list of wanted terrorists. Only al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri (at $25 million), and al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Du'a, Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed, and senior al Qaeda leader Yasin al-Suri (all at $10 million) have a higher bounty.
The reward of $5 million for each of Robow, Mahamoud, Khalaf, and Jama matches the rewards offered for a host of other terrorist leaders, including Pakistani Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud, senior al Qaeda leaders Adnan G. el Shukrijumah and Saif al Adel, Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddun Haqqani, and Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader Doku Umarov.
Today's addition of the seven Shabaab leaders to the Rewards for Justice list is not the first time that the US has targeted the group. Both Godane and Robow were added to the US' list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists back in November 2008. Also added to the list at that time was Issa Osman Issa, a member of al Qaeda's East Africa cell that was responsible for the simultaneous attacks on the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salam in 1998. He served as an al Qaeda recruiter and directed attacks in East Africa. And in 2011, the US added Omar Hammami, an American citizen, to the terrorism list for serving as a Shabaab military commander, recruiter, financier, and propagandist, as well as for his ties to al Qaeda.
Additionally, the State Department added Shabaab itself to the Specially Designated Global Terrorist list in February 2008. State said that Shabaab "has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States."
Background on Shabaab leaders added to the Rewards for Justice list
|US officials scrambling to confirm reports of American terror leader's death inSomalia|
|[Shabelle] U.S.intelligence officials are scrambling to confirm reports that Omar Hammami, the American-born leader of an Al Qaeda-aligned terror group inSomalia, has been executed.|
Unconfirmed reports surfaced in Somali media claiming the a jihadist was hunted down and beheaded on orders from a rival leader in the network.
A U.S. intelligence official told Fox News that, if true, Hammami's death could be a turning point in the recruitment of Americans and western Europeans by al-Shabaab -- as Hammami was thought to play a prominent role in that western outreach.
"Our folks have been looking for anything on this," the intelligence official told Fox News, adding: "We have not been able to confirm this report."
Significantly, web postings on jihadist forums have surfaced that speak of the American's death.
Somali media reports claim Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane is accused of ordering the execution. Hammami reportedly said last month in a statement that other Shabaab leaders had him fearing for his life.
Hammami, born in 1984, grew up outsideMobile,Ala., in the city ofDaphne.
But the American has been in war-tornSomaliafor several years. In that time, he has emerged as one of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of terrorist propaganda. He was going by the name of Abu Mansour al-Amriki, or "The American."
Al-Amriki first surfaced in the terror group in October 2007, when Al-Jazeera TV aired a report about the "common goal" of Al Qaeda and hard-line inSomalia. 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 music and sporadic images of Hammani's death could be a blow to the Al Qaeda affiliate, at least for its western recruiting efforts.
Al-Shabaab was responsible for the recruitment of some two dozen young men of Somali descent from theMinneapolisarea.
|Native Somali Jihadis Behead American born Jihadi|
|The al-Qaeda-allied group al-Shabaab executed US-born jihadist Omar Hammami on April 5th, according to unconfirmed Somali media reports.|
Hammami, known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, said he feared for his life from other al-Shabaab leaders because of strategic and ideological differences in a statement released last month
[or possibly failure to use the latest cover sheet on the TPS report].
According to Somalia's Gedo Online, Hammami was the only one absent from a recent meeting attended by top al-Shabaab leaders in Baraawe.
Al-Shabaab reportedly hunted down Hammami after he left Marka in the Lower Shabelle region. He was reportedly beheaded on the spot and buried somewhere between Marka and Baraawe.
|American Shabaab mocks reports of his death in rap song|
|Omar Hammami, the reputed terrorist born in Alabama who the government in Somalia had reported dead last month, may be alive after all. |
Hammami purportedly released an audio recording this month proclaiming jihad. The Long War Journal posted a recording of the rap song on its website. The recording is described as Hammami's way of mocking reports of his death.
Federal prosecutors in Mobile first obtained a secret indictment against Hammami in 2007, for providing material support to terrorists. Prosecutors got an updated indictment in 2009, adding a conspiracy charge and a count of providing material support to a designated.
On March 8, Somalia's defense minister said that "intelligence reports" indicated that Hammami had been killed in fighting between al-Shabaab and government forces. At that time, the FBI sais that it could not confirm the report.
|Somali conflict rattles Kenya|
|The raids started on a Sunday night and lasted until morning, with police targeting anyone who looked Somali. This included dozens of illegal residents who had fled the fighting of their homeland and blended into this largely Somali enclave known as "Little Mogadishu."|
Which, I'm guessing, they've made much like "Big Mogadishu," complete with local Mr. Bigs and imported clan antagonisms...
But the raids also swept up Kenyan citizens, who had never visited the country of their ancestry,
"Y'ain't from around here, air yew?"
"Jes' down the road apiece! Honest!"
and Somalis with visas and citizenship from Canada, the United States or European countries.
"Sounds lak yew got some sorta fonny assent!"
"No, no! Really! I talk just like youse!"
Kenyan Mohammed Ibrahim was near one of Eastleigh's mosques when police arrived and stood his ground while others fled.
Hanging around the mosque is a pretty good indicator...
When the officer demanded proof of his citizenship, Ibrahim could tell from the constable's accented English that his native tongue was Luo, a dialect from western Kenya. Ibrahim replied in Luo: "You are targeting my community. What's your problem?"
"Why's ever'body always pickin' on me?"
The officer responded, "No problem," and walked away.
"Don't be here when I stroll back this way!"
Ibrahim, 30, was one of the few who escaped the dragnet. More than 400, including at least 13 members of Somalia's parliament, were taken into custody Jan. 17 and spent the night in jail. Kenya security ministers defended the raids and said they were conducted lawfully.
Somalia is of course Kenya's neighbor. They're the neighbor with the '62 Studebaker Lark up on blocks out front and the dead appliances on the front porch. They're the ones who have the cops there five nights a week, usually at 2 a.m., with the sounds of screaming and broken crockery the other two nights. They have 18 hound dawgs who bark, howl, and snarl 24 hours a day and always chase the Kenyan car when the populace comes home from work at night. They're resentful that Kenya for some reason doesn't want them on their lawn.
The sweep -- and violent downtown demonstration two days earlier by more than 100 Muslim protesters -- underscores the tension here, as problems in neighbouring Somalia threaten the stability of the Horn of Africa.
"An' youse cain't keep us off that lawn! Tryin' to keep us off'n thet thar lawn's goin' agin our honor and dignutty!"
After a year in power, Somalia's UN-backed transitional federal government still struggles for credibility and holds power in only a small area of Mogadishu. Protected by a 5,300-strong African Union mission, both government forces and AU peacekeepers are battered daily by al Shabab, an Islamic insurgency that Washington has labelled a terrorist group
The cops have to show up two or three cars at a time because when they try to intervene the denizens stop slapping each other around and turn on them.
Nairobi has recently been on high alert as al Shabab has vowed to attack the capital. Kenya has also become a key transit point for foreign fighters lured by Internet propaganda to join the Shabab. The group's prized Western recruits are difficult to detect in Kenya, as they usually enter the country legally as visitors, then slip across the largely unguarded border into Somalia. Five young Toronto men disappeared last fall after coming to Nairobi and are believed now to be among al Shabab recruits. One of the youths reportedly called home and told frantic relatives not to expect his return.
"Ah'm gonna ketch me thet thar car an' chew off its tires!"
Mohammed Sheikh Abdullah, a 25-year-old former Shabab member who recently defected and is under protection with Somalia's struggling transitional government, said he doesn't know the Toronto youths but had met many Canadians and Americans. "There are white Canadians
Maw and Paw have locked themselves in the shed because the kids have set the dawgs on them...
He claims one "white Canadian," who goes by the name Ayottola Ali Jacob,
But really they're being put upon, stereotyped, even profiled. It just isn't fair!
Abdullah said Abu Mansour al Amriki (an American) is also influential among foreigners and boasts of direct connections to Osama bin Laden. The U.S. convert to Islam (whose real name is Omar Hammami and was raised Baptist) lived for a year in Toronto in 2004, where he reportedly ingratiated himself in city's large Somali community. His YouTube videos calling for foreign fighters are widely circulated...