Friday, September 04, 2009

Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabaab American Terrorist Unveiled as Omar Hammami, 25, from Daphine Al, Charges Await Him in U.S.

Al Qaeda-Linked Al-Shabaab American Terrorist Unveiled as Omar Hammami, 25, from Daphine Al, Charges Await Him in U.S.

FOX NEWS....A week after the 9/11 attacks, a young Muslim at South Alabama University , Omar Hammami from Daphine Al, told the school's newspaper it was "difficult to believe a Muslim could have done this." he was the new president of the school's Muslim Student Association.

Gamblers Gap, Daphne, AL 36526 (10/20/2006) DOB 05/06/1984 SSN 423-XX-XXXX, the father appears to be Shafik Hammami.  Case #ZON2005-01173 Group Applications, Islamic Society of Mobile (Shafik Hammami, Agent)

"Not many schools can boast of having a mosque on campus, but a small west Mobile school can. For 10 years now, the Mobile Muslim community has sent its children to be educated at the Al-Iman Academy (translated as "The Faith Academy") on East Drive.  The academy educates about 70 students yearly and is the only Muslim K-12 school in the region.  The school is tucked in between residential houses in a quiet neighborhood near the University of South Alabama. Neighbors hardly know it exists. There isn't even a sign bearing the school's name. "We don't publicize," said Shafik Hammami, president of the Islamic Society of Mobile. "The Muslims in the community already know who we are.  "The main thing is to provide an environment to the kids conducive to our religious values," Hammami said".

University of South Alabama officials today told the Press-Register that reported terror suspect Abu Mansour al-Amriki known during his Alabama days as Omar Hammami of Daphne, Ala. was a student at USA from the fall of 2001 to the end of fall 2002. A computer science major, he was considered a sophomore when he left, a USA spokesman said.  (My take is that Omar Hammami set up the Al-Shabaab website )

Omar Hammami has been in war-torn Somalia for several years, fighting the secular government there with a group known as al-Shabaab, which has ties to Al Qaeda and was labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government last year. Only recently has he taken on a starring and jarring role in al-Shabaab's outreach efforts.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been looking into him for several years. In fact, a grand jury in Mobile, Ala., has already indicted him on charges of providing material support to terrorists, a source said. It's unclear when the indictment was filed. Al-Amriki first surfaced in October 2007, when Al-Jazeera TV aired a report about the "common goal" of Al Qaeda and hard-line militants in Somalia. The report described al-Amriki as "a fighter" and "military instructor," but he concealed his face with a cloth wrap throughout the report.

Friday, April 10, 2009,
Abu Mansour Al-Amriki Appears in May 2008 Al-Shabaab Recruiting Video Posted on Al-Shabaab Website Hosted in Vancouver WA.

Abu Mansour al-Amriki or "The American' aka Omar Hammami was born in May 1984, and he grew up outside Mobile, Ala., in the city of Daphne. Despite inching toward a population of 25,000 in recent years, Daphne still maintains "the ambience of a small town where the people are friendly and caring, and newcomers soon become good friends," according to the city's Web site. The city has streets with names like "Whispering Pines Road."

In fact, U.S. News & World Report calls it one of the "Best Places" in the country. And among Daphne's top assets, according to the city's Web site, are its "reputable schools."

During his later teenage years, Hammami attended Daphne High School and frequented the Islamic Society of Mobile, one of the most popular mosques in the Mobile area.

It's unclear whether he was always a practicing Muslim, but a source told FOX News that he has family ties to Islam. A call to the mosque was not returned. A grand jury in Minneapolis has been investigating the case for several months, and three men have already pleaded guilty to terror-related charges, including providing material support to terrorists. The indictments said the men traveled to Somalia "so that they could fight jihad" there.

The FBI in Mobile and Washington declined to comment for this article, referring questions to the U.S. Attorney's office in Mobile, which could not be reached.

Abu Mansour Al-Amriki appears in May 2008 al-Shabaab recruiting video posted on Al-shabaab website hosted in Vancouver WA. Abu Mansour Al-Amriki appears in the May 2008 al-Shabaab video, he is in the passenger seat of the SUV at 3:22 into the video seen with his scruffy beard and hair pulled back in a pony tail, he also appears to do some of the voice over.

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO. Abu Mansour Al-Amriki appears in the above video (at 3:22) which was posted on the al-Shabaab recruiting website hosted in Vancouver WA.

Now, eight years later, he is professing to launch attacks himself and calling on others to join the fight, as terror-related charges await him at home in Alabama, FOX News has learned exclusively. The
Al-Shabaab's Abu Mansour al-Amriki or "The American" is Omar Hammami from Daphine Al and has become one of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of terrorist propaganda.