Omar Hammami, American Commander Of Al-Qaeda Affiliate In Somalia Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen – And A U.S.-Designated Terrorist – Uses YouTube, Twitter, And Facebook Freely

By: Steven Stalinsky*

May 31, 2012

Introduction

On July 29, 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury declared U.S.-born Omar Hammami, aka Abu Mansur Al-Amriki, who is a leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliate in Somalia Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, a Specially Designated National, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13536, which “targets for sanctions individuals and entities engaging in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia.”[1]

By law, “U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with… designees and any assets they have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.”[2]

According to the Department of Treasury announcement, Hammami, who is “one of Al-Shabaab’s key figures… serves as a military tactician, recruitment strategist and financial manager for Al-Shabaab. Hammami has commanded guerilla forces in combat, organized attacks and plotted strategy with Al-Qaeda. He was also involved in organizing a suicide bombing attack carried out by a Somali-American from Minnesota who traveled to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab.[3] That attack, and four others organized by Hammami and carried out in October 2008, killed more than 20 people.”

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