American Jihadi Complains Of Treatment By Terrorists In Somalia – OpEd


An American-born Islamist who left the U.S. to fight for Somalia’s deadly and powerful terrorist group Al Shabaab, released a video on Friday on an Islamic web site complaining about his treatment at the hands of his fellow Islamists, according to a member of the U.S. intelligence community.

During a telephone conversation with the Law Enforcement Examiner, the intelligence official, who requested anonymity, said that Omar Hammami a/k/a Abu Mansour al-Amriki complained about how he was treated and that there are internal problems with Al Shabaab ever since its officials aligned themselves with al-Qaeda while Osama bin Laden was still alive.

“This video by a well-known American member of an al Qaeda ally is not exactly good propaganda. al-Amriki is in hot water with his comrades now that he’s openly complaining about Al Shabaab’s deficiencies,” said former military intelligence officer and NYPD police officer Sid Franes.

Franes believes that in spite of all the publicity al-Amriki garners for the radical Islamic movement, his latest Internet message trivializes the grandiose image that these terrorists project in their Internet messages and on their propaganda photographs.

“The photos may show tough men with heavy artillery ready to do battle, but al-Amriki’s Internet presentation reveals a certain pettiness within the ranks of Al-Shabaab” he added.

“I record this message today because I feel that my life may be endangered by Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen due to some differences that occurred between us regarding matters of the Sharia (Islamic law) and matters of strategy,” says in the video, according to a former American police sergeant now working in Israeli law enforcement.

Hammami (al-Amriki) is originally from Selma, Alabama. In the past he blended rape music with Islamic messaging against the United States. He is a familiar Internet figure among America’s homegrown Islamist radicals who support al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Al Shabaab and other terrorist organizations.

Somalia is in a state of anarchy with a weak Transitional Government that is relying on the African Union and Ethiopian troops to fight the terrorists, warlords and pirates. Since the warlords toppled Somali dictator Mohamed Barre in 1990, Somalia has been a nation filled with violence, starvation, and death.

Since 2007, the fighting between Al-Shabaab and the Mogadishu government’s forces has resulted in more than 25,000 people killed. However, some estimate that over one million lives were lost in the last 20 years.

The Somali terrorists’ primary goal is to overthrow the new government and impose Islamic law — known as Shariah — on the entire nation.

Click here —-> al-Amriki’s You Tube message

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, and he's a columnist for In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

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