American jihadi booted out of Somali branch of al Qaeda
Screen grab from al-Amriki's March video message. (From IntelCenter)
December 17th, 2012
07:34 PM ET

American jihadi booted out of Somali branch of al Qaeda

By Larry Shaughnessy

It turns out al Qaeda has the same problem as ordinary companies with employees who spout off on the Internet, making their bosses look bad.

Al-Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, booted Abu Mansour al-Amriki out of the group after he posted video messages contrary to the terrorist organization's teachings.

Al-Amriki, who was born Omar Hammami in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama, had become a highly visible member of the group that once dominated central and southern Somalia.

For a time, al-Amriki was a key recruiter for the group, attracting Americans of Somali heritage to the country to fight for the terrorist group.

But things changed in March when al-Amriki posted a video saying he felt like he was at risk. "I feel that my life may be endangered by Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahideen due to some differences that occurred between us regarding matters of the sharia and matters of strategy."

Then in October, he posted another video, calling on jihadi leaders to intervene and ease problems between Somali and foreign terrorist fighters.

In response, the press office of al-Shabaab, released a statement Monday calling al-Amriki's videos "childish petulance."

The statement said he is no longer a member of the group and that its goals will not be derailed by the "the superficial allegations, frivolous ramblings and whimsical desires of those who wish to enhance their image at the price of Jihad and the Mujahideen."

It's not clear what will happen to al-Amriki, or Hammami, depending on what name he'll now use, but it's unlikely he'll return to the United States because he's been indicted in federal court on terrorism charges.

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    I hope he doesn't apply for unemployemnt or disability and get approved. I will be REALLY MAD if this happens. Poor guy, can't even cut it in a f___ed up organization without becoming terminated....errr...fired!!!

    Maybe he will be TERMINATED...before he gets those benifits I hope!!! 🙂

    January 2, 2013 at 9:13 am | Reply
  13. Robert

    Clearly, the fundamental disagreement between al-Amriki and al-Shabaab is rooted in the funding provided to the organization by Notre Dame. ROLL TIDE!!!

    December 30, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  14. massoud

    The CIA already has someone waiting in the wings to replace this dork

    December 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  15. al Kinda

    The Redneck Terrorist will get a movie deal, no doubt. This is too good.

    December 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • massoud

      Just another CIA asset who is now dispendable

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    bring out the drone another needs dusting

    December 19, 2012 at 6:17 am | Reply
  18. steve

    And the department of labor gets a boost in stats cause they had to get two part time guys to take his place.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:53 am | Reply
  19. wjmccartan

    They probably said how much they loved his ideas so much, while they were strapping on his new suicide jacket. Telling him that he doesn't even have to throw the swiitch, they remote denonate for him. Pack him a lunch and send him on his way, and as he walked out of town, boom, oh oh better get Macco.

    December 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  20. George Patton

    I see more and more hateful anti-Islamic comments here. How many of these people here even understand Islam or what they believe? Al Qaeda was created in 1986 under the guidence of Ussama bin Laden to oppose the Russian backed Communist government in Afghanistan, thus pitting the Muslims and the West on the same side.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      The only time these groups willever be on the same side is when the west is walking through a jihadist graveyards, besides they didn't keep up their end of the bargain and self destruct.

      December 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • HXMAJor

      Why on earth would you EVEN use the name of George Patton...? Just to aggravate my guess. You disgace his name with your comments, as he would KICK YOUR A__ if he were stil alive.

      January 2, 2013 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • Dave Green

      Yes George...We even trained and armed them against the russians. However, then they declared Jihad against the US for having a military presense on islamic soil even though we were INVITED to be there by the Saudi's and Kuwaiti's.

      As far as what Islam believes. Depends on who you ask, just like any other religion. I'm sure there are plenty of peaceful muslims, these guys are not them.

      January 8, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  21. Martha Raymond Clarke Thompson Adidas the III Esq.

    Getting kicked out of al-Qaeda is like getting fired on your day off!! SMOKEY!!!

    December 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  22. semper fi

    Why is this a news story. He renounced being an American the moment he embraced his "brothers". Now he will get his due.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  23. Ol' Lefty

    I'd love to see SNL's take on this moran.

    December 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  24. Haha

    I wonder what his severance package will be?

    December 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Guesteppi

      HIS HEAD

      December 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  25. Madtown90

    Does anyone else find it disturbing and comical that al-Shabaab has a press office?

    December 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • WheresWaldo

      Yes this was my first thought as well haha.

      April 3, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
  26. t3chsupport

    I doubt they really 'fire' anyone, unless it's out of a cannon.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
    • sara

      Agreed. I'm sure he's a dead man.

      December 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  27. a; st

    Mr. al Amriki:
    Now is the time to do what any other american terrorist would do when wronged by an employer. go postal, become suicide bomber and avenge yourself! bring honor back to the jahad. your former employers must meet their fate!
    cia psy ops.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  28. Dave

    I suppose Obama will be blamed for another American losing his job? LOL

    December 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
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      Bahahaha too funny man. Love the post!

      December 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
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      Actually he gets the credit for creating a job becaue that had to get two part time guys to take his place.

      December 19, 2012 at 1:46 am | Reply
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      On the contrary obama will blame Bush and the 4th branch of our Government the left leaning corporate controlled mainstream media will back obama up on this

      December 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  29. Steve

    I can imagine the water cooler talk..... :: "So I say to Jabim... look.. you either go along with me on this or I walk".... "and Jabim says.. "walk?.. walk?.. you will be lucky to have knees to hold you up".. "so I cursed his goat testicles and got my personal items in a box and I walked".... good help is hard to find anymore..

    December 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
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    I could only laugh..... oh and wonder will this hurt his resume.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
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    Ah, such a sweet smell, a savory blend of burnt bridges and comeuppance.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
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    Mr. al Amriki:
    Thank you for your faithful service to our country in recruiting American spies into al Qaeda. Go to the safe house and wait for us to pick you up. You are an American hero.

    Wait...Did I just say that? Sure hope your Jihadi friends don't read this.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
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    Resume: Last Job -Al Queda,
    Reason for Leaving: fired for being a free thinker.
    Goals: Willing to work hard to fit in, please someone just give me a chance.

    Best suited position: Home Loan or Legal (willing to do anything)

    December 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Reply
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    So, is he going to have to get COBRA to extend his health coverage??
    Something tells me he's going to need medical care shortly.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
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      Burial benefits at lest!! 🙂

      January 2, 2013 at 9:17 am | Reply
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    haha... you know ur just REALLY no good for nothing when alqaeda fires you.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
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    Murderous psychopaths. There is no room in todays world for these people.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
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    The wanna be a terrorist is to become Shark food

    December 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
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    Given the sign I saw on my local McDonald's on my way to work this morning, I was hoping they caught him eating a McRib.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
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    He can always return to Alabama and greet customers at Walmart. Oh wait, he's wanted by the feds on terrorism charges, nevermind then.....

    December 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
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    it was discovered that he was an iranian mole.

    December 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
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      More likely that he worked for Israel"s Mossad

      December 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
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    Bain Capital outsourced his job to china.

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    December 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Reply
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    Have fun !

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    Alqaida was formed in 1988 at Masjid Al Farooq in Oklahoma city USA. Every where in the world Americans are part of Alqaida. In Afghanistan Alqaida is enemy while in Middle East ally. Libya has been handed over and Syria is on line. No more making fool of Americans and rest of the world.Enough is enough.

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      Try spelling it right and we may believe you....

      December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
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        Probably you have no counter arguments and try to escape of ground realities. Yes I can't spell as it is not mine but remember this evil game will leave no place safe in the world. Why we can't live as equal humanbeings with love and mutual respect? Why we are not taking lessons from the wars we have already faught? and why we all nations, being signitories of the charter of UNO, shamelessly violate our commitments to save succeeding generations from the scourge of wars?
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  44. NavaJohn

    Ha! Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Now this guy has to look over BOTH shoulders!

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      Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

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