Omar Hammami Death Watch Day II

He's still not dead Jim.

Omar Hammami, the Alabama-born jihadi in Somalia who achieved Internet fame through his raps, appears to be safe for now after a series of increasingly desperate tweets yesterday about his standoff with Somali militants.

Hammami, also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, began tweeting at @abumamerican around the time of his falling-out with al-Shabaab, the militant group he moved to Somalia to join. His tweets on Monday were a string of dispatches from an increasingly tense standoff with al-Shabaab fighters, with whom he has fallen out. "I think he's in a lot of trouble, although the fact he's managed to stay alive this long is already surprising," said J.M. Berger, a terrorism expert who is one of Hammami's most frequent interlocutors on Twitter, on Monday afternoon.

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On Tuesday, Hammami showed signs of life, tweeting that "Abu mansuur, afghani, hasan thahir uweys, &others passed a fatwa on that fighting us is haram &that we arent bughat." Berger translated on his own Twitter the meaning of the fatwa: "Shabab sheikhs Robow and Aways co-signed a fatwa related to Godane's 'attempted assassination' of Omar Hammami and other foreign fighters. I'll wait for a real translation for nuance, but the broad takeaway from the fatwa is: 'Do not obey the prince in disobedience to God.'" Godane, or Moktar Ali Zubeyr, is the leader of al-Shabaab. The fatwa was posted on the Jahad jihadist online forum. The fatwa "theoretically bodes well for Omar and his allies," Berger tweeted.
Stay tuned kids!

Posted by: Howie at 09:16 AM


1 Howie stays true to the jawa form. And that's awesome.

Posted by: Kevin at April 30, 2013 11:25 AM

2 This bastard has more lives then a damn cat.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at April 30, 2013 11:27 AM

3 If he wants to die in jihad instead of by jihad, he should go to Syria. Oops. Other muslims will kill him there, too. He'd better flee West where he'll get locked up and Bubba can kill him with the hard rod of justice. You know: "spare the rod, spoil the Jihadi."

Posted by: faboutlaws at April 30, 2013 02:33 PM

4 You can't join an extinct cult. At best you'd have to recreate or re-establish the cult. But extinct means dead.

I suppose you could raise the cult...

... I blame Big Bang Theory....

Posted by: avidbuff at April 30, 2013 06:17 PM

5 If the moktar is really POed the fatwa will not slow him an instant.

Posted by: Kafiroon at April 30, 2013 09:19 PM

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