by Florian Flade
About four weeks ago, Somalia´s Defence Minister claimed he had obtained intelligence information indicating the American citizen and Al-Shabaab militant Omar Hammami aka „Abu Mansour al-Amriki“ had been injured in battle with Somali troops in Mogadishu and later died of his wounds. Hammami´s death however was never officially confirmed by Al-Shabaab nor by any other Jihadi source.
A new audio release on a Somali Jihadi website now leads to the conclusion that Hammami might still be alive. Two English rap songs labeled as Nasheeds and recorded by Omar Hammami were released today, titled „Send Me A Cruise“ and „Make Jihad With Me“. Both are allegedly part of a larger release of a full Nasheed collection.
In „Send Me A Cruise“, the American-born Jihadi Hammami raps about his wish for martyrdom:
Send me a cruise like Maa’lam Adam al Ansari
And send me a couple of tons like Zarqawi
And send me a drone like Abu Laith al Libi
And Special Forces like Saleh Ali Nabhani
Send me all four and send me much much more
I pray for that on my way to heavens door
Send me four and send me more, that what I implore
An amazing martyrdom I strive for and adore
Hammami glorifies the American way of hunting down terrorists, embraces the drone campaign and praised a martyr´s death.
There’s nothing as sweet as the taste of a tank shell
But it could be compared to being where the mortar fell
But all that could be seen as tasteless
Compared to smart bombs falling when they don’t miss
It was a beautiful day, when that predator paradise missile sent me on my way
A one way ticket with no stops or delays, no problems in the grave nor fear on that day
Or better yet send me a cruise, and send me on a cruise
Family rejoices at the news and follows me in what I do
I profess and strive against those who oppress and transgress
I obsess not depress for martyrdom success
In the second song released by Al-Shabaab today, Hammami tries to reach out to the Muslim youth, calling them to come to the lands where Jihad is fought to join militant groups.
Make Jihad With Me
Allahu Akbar Give Some More Bounty
Attack America Now!
Martyrdom or Victory
We take it Nairobi to Addis – Paradise Inside
Khilafah is here!
We are wiping Israel clear off the globe!
You finally made it here after the long wait
You enter the training camp and study the din
You officially join the Mujahidin
You attack the kuffar where they oppress and stand
And the allies too to free the Muslim land
And implement Sharia – that´s our goal
To spread Allah´s word to every home
With you or without you Islam will succeed
Take part in the reward – Make Jihad with me!
Hammami, who hails from the Alabama town of Daphne, has an American mother and a Syrian father. He converted to Islam and embraced the Salafi interpretation of the religion, becoming more and more fundamentalist in his believes and views on world politics.
In 2006 he left the US and traveled to Somalia were he joined up with Al-Shabaab and trained in one of their camps and became a commander of the Mujahiroun Unites, the foreign fighters of Al-Shabaab. Apart from a Al-Jazeera Hammami once gave sitting in front of the camera in the Somali bushland, wearing a military uniform and a scarf wrapped around his head, the American Jihadi also appeared in several propaganda tapes.
„From Somalia and Shishaan, from Iraq and Afghanistan, gonna meet up in the Holy Lands, establishing Allah’s Law on the land“ – Hammami sung in one of the first Nasheeds he produced in Somalia, released in May 2010.
Today´s release of the English rap Nasheeds is not a doubtless proof Hammami is still alive. He could have been killed in March and recorded the songs earlier. This however, I would label as very unlikely, as Al-Shabaab would without a doubt announce Hammami´s martyrdom prior to releasing his old propaganda material.