American Omar Hammami Surfaces In New Jihadist Video by Al-Shabaab Terrorists, Abu Mansour al-Amriki aka Omar Hammami "Brainwashed" by "Angry" Individuals in Mississauga, Terror Central Canada.
Abu Mansour al-Amriki aka Omar Hammami as he was known in Daphne AL appears in a recent video posted online by al-Shabaab, which has ties to Al Qaeda and was labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government last year, al-Shabaab fighters pledge their allegiance to Osama bin Laden.
"I ask Allah to grant victory to the [Muslim fighters] in every land and under every sky," says one fighter in the video, excerpts of which were provided to Fox News by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "We ask Allah that the Islamic Nation be liberated from invaders by the next [end of Ramadan] and [an Islamic state] be established by then."
During the 50-minute video, titled "We Are At Your Command, Osama," al-Amriki pops up in scenes of apparent military training. In one scene, he stands in the background – a black, bulging vest strapped to his chest – while at least four people whose faces are hidden by cloth point rifles forward.
Al-Amriki has been in Somalia for several years, but he first became a public figure in October 2007, when Al-Jazeera TV featured him in a report on the "common goal" of Al Qaeda and hard-line militants in Somalia. He kept his face hidden.
He showed his face for the first time in April, 2007 when a video posted online featured him purportedly leading a group of al-Shabaab militants in an ambush of "the enemy."
When watching an April 2007 al-Shabaab Web posting, private investigator Bill Warner said, he was particularly intrigued by one of the men on the Web site, a fair-skinned man, who stood apart from the Somali fighters. That man went by the name Abu Mansour al-Amriki. Fox News reported last week that his true identity is Omar Hammami and that he faces a secret indictment in Mobile's federal court on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. Hammami, 25, attended Daphne High School and the University of South Alabama, more from this source .....
Speaking about one man killed in the fight, he said, "We need more like him, so if you can encourage more of your children and more of your neighbors, anyone around, to send people like him to this jihad, it would be a great asset for us."
His efforts in Somalia spurred the Federal Bureau of Investigation to launch an investigation several years ago. The case was ultimately brought before a grand jury in Mobile, Ala., where he has been indicted on charges of providing material support to terrorists, a source said. It’s unclear when that indictment was filed.
As FOX News first reported three weeks ago, al-Amriki was born Omar Hammami in May 1984, and he grew up outside Mobile, Ala., in the quiet city of Daphne. He was raised Baptist like his mother, but his Syrian-born father is Muslim, and "some time in high school" Hammami converted to Islam, a woman who went to high school with Hammami told FOX News.
The woman, Shellie Brooks, said Hammami would take time out from classes throughout the day to pray. At the same time, he would frequent the Islamic Society of Mobile (his father Shaikh Hammami was the president of the Mosque), one of the most popular mosques in the Mobile area.
He left high school a year early, forgoing a fourth year at Daphne High School to enroll as a 17-year-old at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He chose computer science as his major, but he dropped out within two years.
Private investigator Bill Warner says Daphne terror suspect linked to jihadist Web site Al-Shabaab; A Web site used by a Somali jihadist group that has been tied to a suspected terrorist from Daphne was hosted by an Internet company based in the United States, according to a private investigator. Bill Warner, an investigator from Sarasota, Fla., who tried to shut down a number of Web sites linked to extremist groups, said he first targeted an al-Shabaab Web site in May 2008 after the U.S. government labeled it a terrorist organization.
According to a source within Mobile's Muslim community who described hismelf as an "acquaintance" of Hammami, the college drop-out then went to Mississauga a suburb of Toronto, where he married a Somali woman he had met through a mutual friend. The couple had a child together, the source said.
After living in Toronto (Mississauga) "for a while," some "angry" individuals there "brainwashed" him (Mississauga terror central in Canada) and "encouraged him to fight in Somalia," according to the source. Hammami then left his wife and child for Somalia, the source said.
Friday, October 02, 2009, Abu Mansour al-Amriki aka Omar Hammami the Al-Shabaab Webmaster Via Daphne AL Travelled To Mississauga Suburb of Toronto Same Place NYC Subway Bomber Najibullah Zazi Went, Terror Central in Canada Says PI Bill Warner.
Hammami – or al-Amriki – is a small part of the new video posted online by al-Shabaab. The video centers around a ceremony in the Kismaayo district of southern Somalia, during which some Somalis vow obedience to bin Laden by declaring, "We are at your command, oh Usama," according to MEMRI.
U.S. officials have become increasingly concerned that, if al-Shabaab prevails in Somalia, the country could turn into a haven for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Somalia has had no stable government since 1991, when dictator Siad Barre was ousted from power. A newer secular government has had trouble keeping Muslim militants at bay, and in 2006 fighting with al-Shabaab intensified after Western-backed Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia.