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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Omar Hammami and the Trolls of Jihad
For months now, a Twitter account credibly purporting to speak for American jihadist Omar Hammami, aka Abu Mansour Al Amriki, has been languishing on the Internet, followed mostly by a small crew of Western journalists and people who study or work on terrorism issues.
But after a new video, a new manifesto accusing Shabab leaders of wrongdoing by name (previously he only implied who was responsible), a renewed claim that Shabab was coming to kill him any day now, and a spate of recent tweets, members of Al Shabab, as well as non-Shabab Somalis and other Muslims (some radical, some not) have discovered that the mujahid best known for his pro-jihad raps is frequently online and available for thoughtful conversation... or for trolling.
Hammami's latest exposé -- centered on poor treatment of foreign fighters in Somalia and corruption at the top, including assassinations of fellow jihadists -- has received decidedly negative reviews from his peers online. You will find a representative list of recent comments below.
The primary lesson in all this is one for the CVE community -- it's extremely unclear whether efforts to spread goodwill prevent radicalization, but disruption surely disrupts. You will find my Five Ds of CVE well represented in the text below. About 40 or 50 authors are represented here, some more prolific than others, but with only rare exceptions, they think Hammami is a bad dude.
You'll find many accusations, including that he turned on Al Shabab because they wouldn't let him have a car, that he was and is an American spy, and that the recent French hostage rescue mission was actually meant to extract Hammami, as well as mournful comments about the damage he is doing to jihad, Muslims and Somalia in general. Also many hyenas.
To Abu Mansour: IAM STILL PLEADING TO YOU TO CROSS TO KENYA. @JustOneBullet
To Abu Mansour: YOU WILL BE KILLED BY YOUR BROTHERS.
To Abu Mansour: hey great to seee your back from vocation.... who is raising the tension my friend.
To Abu Mansour: YOU WILL BE KILLED EVEN IF YOU DROP THE WEAPON.
To Abu Mansour: WHO TOLD YOU TO GO TO SOMALIA?YOUR BODY WILL BE EATEN BY HYENAS.
To Abu Mansour: What is that suppose to mean? Sources say high commenders have already fled to Yemen..Your destination as well?
@superdrone1 THIS To Abu Mansour: HAS SAID HE IS ABOUT TO BE KILLED IF HE WILL NOT DROP THE WEAPON @bemet0r8 @justonebullet
To Abu Mansour: Akhi if you were stationed in FATA you would been 'regulated' ages ago... the ikhwah in Soomaal are way too lenient with you!!
To Abu Mansour: The Shabab are the ones that propped you up to the level you were one.. you repay them by making flimsy assertions publicly
To Abu Mansour: Ittaqillah and stop ur Fitna
To Abu Mansour: #ticktock
Drop or give up weapon? To Abu Mansour:
To Abu Mansour: Life or death are up to Allah's will, your MOM' &DAD's love is unconditional.We are praying for you&your family Son. Love U
To Abu Mansour: I WISH YOU DIE A PAINFUL DEATH BY STONING THROUGH YOUR BROTHERS OR BETTER YOU BEHEADED..
@bemet0r8 THE To Abu Mansour: IS NOW PREDICTING HIS DEATH.HAHAHAHAHA.
To Abu Mansour: “Each person is held ransom for only that which his own hands have reaped.” - Allah knows best whom amongst you is trustful
To Abu Mansour: Far from it! Why did you not address your discrepancies with the delegations that were sent you, one after another?
@SamitalMuhaajir To Abu Mansour: correction: "truthful"
To Abu Mansour: To Amriki: "O Commander we are unaware of who is upright & who is evil & to what happened. Please be patient & persevere."
To Abu Mansour: May Allah reckon you to be the ilk of Sa'id ibn Jubayr of this Era if you are truthful in your claims.
To Abu Mansour: what on earth is your objective? you keep bashing them 4what? what would you do better if you were in charge?
To Abu Mansour: inda'ade was a liability they tried assassinating him on multiple occasions. care to mention this bro?
To Abu Mansour: when things flopped 4 him he tried reverting back2HSM but they vehemently rejected to give him a seat of authority, but...
To Abu Mansour: they did accept his Tawbah as it was made public. So please keep your ad-lib tweets to yourself!!!
To Abu Mansour: Keep the exposé coming, I think the Ummah deserves to know what's really going on.
To Abu Mansour: Is publishing tweets & videos on YouTube the alternative method of dispute resolution in Islamic Sharia or what!??
To Abu Mansour: Please state explicitly your overarching objectives. What needs to be changed and/or improved in your eyes?
To Abu Mansour: MAY YOU GO AND BURN IN HELL.
To Abu Mansour: WHO TOLD YOU TO GO TO SOMALIA.YOUR BODY WILL BE EATEN BY HYENAS.
To Abu Mansour: The Prophet PBUH Never Beat anyone not even his enemy`s!!
To Abu Mansour: YOU WENT TO LOOK FOR DEATH.DO YOU THINK YOU WILL BE GIVEN 10 VIRGINS?LOL.HAHAHAHAHA.
To Abu Mansour: I TOLD YOU TO CROSS TO KENYA AND YOU REFUSED.hahahahahaha.
To Abu Mansour: So what you are saying is al-Shaabab are murderous toward Muslims now and they didn't used to be?
To Abu Mansour: what is the aim of all of this ? How does this help the global struggle for Khilafaah ? How will this change anything ?
To Abu Mansour: Whats the Shariah basis 4 da tweets ?,even If accusations r true, the only winners of this are the Mushrikeen, not the cause
To Abu Mansour: these are very vague tweets. Surely if they have authority in certain regions they have right? What type of "disobedience"?
To Abu Mansour: genuine questions and curiosity whether this is just another fake account or a true one
To Abu Mansour: Shit youre mouth hypocrit you have lost legitimacy with Ansar al mujahiddeen bark to the kuffar cuz we ain't listening!
To Abu Mansour: @truestar4 this guy is somali, see he meant to say Ishaq bt rather wrote 'Isxaq'.
To Abu Mansour: muj are human beings so they are not safe from mistakes and sins, minor or major.
To Abu Mansour: I'm not able to reply - it keeps failing. What is it that you want for Somalia now?
To Abu Mansour: how can we believe you? your not even a mujahid, most of the muhajiriin consider you to be traiter.
To Abu Mansour: why you keep lying ? sources in the place where you are confirm that you never fight the kuffar all you do is to talk tough.
To Abu Mansour: your one funny guy? you were never globalist as you claim ? we all know what you believe.
To Abu Mansour: - I call them like I see them, Abu M. Who are you? Why do you hide your identity? No other muhajir have rebuked Shabaab.
@AlinoorMB To Abu Mansour: Good luck Mr HAMMAMI
@freelancejrnlst To Abu Mansour: dayr are coming to an end @hsmpress
To Abu Mansour: YOU ARE A DEAD MAN WALKING.
To Abu Mansour: YOU WENT TO SOMALIA LOOKING FOR DEATH.NOW FEEL THE PAIN BEING SUPOUNDED BY DEATH @bemet0r8 @superdrone1
To Abu Mansour: IT WILL BE A VERY SWEET DEATH BECAUSE YOUR BODY WILL BE EATEN BY HYENAS @bemet0r8 @superdrone1
To Abu Mansour: U should start counting ur mistakes cos really u r destroying your self.. Kibr + ignorance together r a chronic disease..
To Abu Mansour: u have to feel shame.. You deal like kids.. May Allah protect the ummah from your makr..
To Abu Mansour: really who is mr alamriki ? What did he do for the ummah! I follow his posting he is samply looking to be famous!
To Abu Mansour: may Allah protect the Umma of the evil like alamriki..
To Abu Mansour: if Fazul was a life he will answer your stupidities..
To Abu Mansour: ur ignorance in religion is clear.. Khilafa will come and ppl who works for it know better fiqh aljihad .. Sure better then u
To Abu Mansour: like u r counting mistakes of ppl.. One day other ppl will count urs.
To Abu Mansour: even they was not close u will say close to alamriki is like all wht happen in somalia should be conected to mr amriki!
To Abu Mansour: i swear u are or a sick man or a kibr and ignorant man or brainwashed man or an agent 4 enemies!
To Abu Mansour: u think u have the level of knowledg of saeed ibn jubair! U compare ur self to great ppl mr.alamriki
To Abu Mansour: u still a life?!
To Abu Mansour: why don't you give more details about muhajir you allege have been abused by #alShabaab? Others say there are no such issues.
To Abu Mansour: u like posting ur pictures like ppl looking to be famous.. I think u miss ice cream there!
To Abu Mansour: u mean u r facing the same situation? How poor man r u?
To Abu Mansour: my advice to u is to do tawba and correct ur intention before it will be too late for u!
To Abu Mansour: shabab mujahideen don't have time to wast it with ppl like you u should come back to your mam!
To Abu Mansour: they put all your freinds in gail except you! How lucky poor man u r!
To Abu Mansour: A.a.brother it's disheartening to see former comrades turn against you for enjoining good & forbiding evil
To Abu Mansour: what a shame? you became the laughing stock in the net .
To Abu Mansour: Really? Do you want to provide names of elders and the sub-clans that have done this? What are the names of the scholars?
To Abu Mansour: PLEASE CALL AMERICAN EMBASSY BEFORE YOU ARE KILLED.
To Abu Mansour: stupid you will end up like hypocrites before you O dog
To Abu Mansour: YOU ARE NEXT TO BE KILLED.CALL AMERICAN EMBASSY. @hsmpress @justonebullet
To Abu Mansour: ACCORDING TO REPORTS.FRENCH WERE TRYING TO RESCUE YOU ALSO @hsmpress @justonebullet
To Abu Mansour: die with your envy O enemy of ALLAH
To Abu Mansour: the muhajireen brothers martyred through spies like you O dog..
To Abu Mansour: even the shoes of sheikh hassan are better then you hypocrite
To Abu Mansour: 2u mayb bt 2 us we c him as SHEIIKH. Amir Abu Zubeyr leads by Allah's will.
To Abu Mansour: its nt how long u ave bin in jihad bt wht u contribute: sheikh ahmad iman acontinues 2 contribute & accepts Amir Abu Zubeyr
To Abu Mansour: @JustOneBullet @HSMPress you were the spy behind that mission
To Abu Mansour: ARE YOU NORMAL?
To Abu Mansour: YOU WILL BE RESCUED SOON.BETTER YOU SPEND LIFE IN JAIL THAN DIE.YOU MAY CALL AMERICAN EMBASSY NOW.
To Abu Mansour: da difference if tru, is our sheikh doesnt tak 2 youtube 2 create confusion.
To Abu Mansour: wht happen 2 these gr8t moment frm amriki: http://t.co/NvgwNkDQ
To Abu Mansour: here amriki led lik a tru mujahid commder. here da kuffar feared him & nt now where da kuffar r puzzled by his media stunts.
To Abu Mansour: In jihad we need more of dis: http://t.co/pn0QPdvJ and less of dis https://t.co/1MP76qYo don’t u agree?
To Abu Mansour: You people are the khawarij since you made khurooj against the leader of Al shabaab! Just like fitna of checnya 2009!
To Abu Mansour: Why don't you just repent and stop this fitna? What is youre benefit from this fitna?
To Abu Mansour: Did not RasulAllah(saw) say:"Obey youre leaders even if they whip youre backs." ? What is te kufr of Godane?
To Abu Mansour: kkkkkkkkkkal-shayaadiin
To Abu Mansour: @abul3abas you are one stupid lier everyone knows you never use to go fighting in mogadishu you use to drive around the city.
To Abu Mansour: @abul3abas you are one stupid munafiq, i hope you get your head cut off soon and go to hell like your jawaasiis friend ishaq
To Abu Mansour: you know that you are nothing and it is so easy to kill someone like you if we live the same area i gona kill you previously
To Abu Mansour: who the heck you think you are ? i am sure you are jaasuus and every one knows i hope your days are numbered.
To Abu Mansour: you are even worse then coward you deserve to be with dogs not with human coz you are like animal even worse
To Abu Mansour: it is easy to you to lie coz ur hypocrite that day u ran away,mustaf catch u, the ansar nd muhaj fought together ur coward
To Abu Mansour: coz of your ignorance always you walk behind famous even the days g/dhiga u came after the end of war
To Abu Mansour: @truestar4 @abul3abas even the shoes of abo zubair better then you the envy will kill you
To Abu Mansour: you are talking every against the knight of Somalia nd he isn't gona respond you coz the dog shout nd journey walk
To Abu Mansour: since you claim to be alqaida .sh ayman as recent as a month ago praised SH.abu zubair isnt that coming against sh.ayman
To Abu Mansour: ur like animal how many times u need to heard from me that ur coward ur walking behind women this is what ur brilliant in
To Abu Mansour: so now you are confirming that you are not part of alqaida but you and alqaida are on same manhaj . thats it?
To Abu Mansour: abo zubair is in the top nd ur in the bottom by the way ur arabic lang is so poor listen to a/zub's lecures to improve ur ara
To Abu Mansour: ur nothing but a stupid spy seeking to divide the mujahidin but without result
To Abu Mansour: it is me the one who talks to u not abo zubair nd he will never talk u shout as long as can like dogs
To Abu Mansour: abo zubair leading the whole nation nd u can not lead even ur family
To Abu Mansour: you have bashed everyone and every leader in the Haraka.so that means you think you are the only one who is free of error
To Abu Mansour: everyone know that u fail to deal with ur family u shared no fight even one, nd muhajirin hate u
To Abu Mansour: u belong to the worst pple in the world US while a/zubair belong to the most honorable nation somalia
To Abu Mansour: After staying with HSM all these years what make you hate them this much at this time? is it something big they did to you?
To Abu Mansour: opposin sheikh abu zubeyr is akin 2 siding wit kuffar.am sure bth u & amriki dnt want b seen as siding with dem.
To Abu Mansour: or can we say, what are hearing is true? that you got very upset after your car was taken from you for not taking orders?
To Abu Mansour: u 4get the baya'h of my sheikh ahmad iman ali to sheikh abu zubyer? i can sen u da link again?
To Abu Mansour: a/zubair was in the jihad while u were in club nights drinking wine
To Abu Mansour: what every made you mad, its clear you are one selfish person and also from your actions we can tell you are one sick Munafiq
To Abu Mansour: u forgot that we"somali" trained u in here in 2007 while a/zub was in the field in 1997 u were nothing before that time
To Abu Mansour: even now we know that ur are in the jungle with ur donkey not with mujahiden the mujahided fighting nd u away from them
To Abu Mansour: mu'alim jinaw refused to accept u as a one of his jaish coz there is no possession for cowards in that jaish
To Abu Mansour: @MYC_Press They dont need to be they are the authority in somalia and you pledged alligiance to him and now you rebeled!
To Abu Mansour: @MYC_Press unless you can prove he committed kufr you made khurooj. So you either want to take power or aid kuffar?
To Abu Mansour: by the way a/zub will be the successor of sh/usama nd u will be successor of obama coz ur American,they only to fight Islam
To Abu Mansour: soon US army will come down to take u to the US the house of shame when u come from coz u failed to spy nd been thrown
To Abu Mansour: @MYC_Press http://t.co/behyyDtG read this!
To Abu Mansour: @MYC_Press http://t.co/bcjLbfg0 and this
To Abu Mansour: Who the hell do you think you are to give a refutation of a Sheikh on a Fiqhi issue?
To Abu Mansour: @truestar4 @abul3abas SubhanAllah! this is proof in front of all of your boastful fame loving personality ^^
To Abu Mansour: you want 5 star treatment? shame on you for all the fitnah u cause
To Abu Mansour: Alhamdulillah the mujahideen of AQ werent fooled by your satanic lies
To Abu Mansour: why are you the only one claiming all this?
To Abu Mansour: may I ask u brother? what will you gain in exposing alshabab's mistakes? pls bear patience
To Abu Mansour: you still havent answered my questions? why all the sudden now? is it because of the car that was taken away?
To Abu Mansour: You are making your self fool again? you were never amir of shura and spokesman?
To Abu Mansour: SURRENDER YOURSELF TO KDF OR AMISOM THAN YOU BEING KILLED.
To Abu Mansour: you call your self mujahid and you lie every day. you were never spokesman and everyone knows that.
To Abu Mansour: but again your sick twisted and hungry for power mind told you that you were spokesman.
To Abu Mansour: YOU MAY CALL AMERICAN EMBASSY ALSO.BETTER YOU GO FOR REHABILITATION THAN TO DIE.
To Abu Mansour: YOU HAVE TO CALL AMERICAN EMBASSY IN NAIROBI.YO HAVE TO.
To Abu Mansour: all jihadic organizations have flaws its unrealistic to have perfect jihad group. please bear patience o brother
To Abu Mansour: ur saying asshabab is not from ahlusunnah wal jamaa? In global eyes the asshabab is fighting to raise the banner of tawhid
To Abu Mansour: dats harsh to accuse the group. As long as it fights and the fighters r muslims den we must support it nd not to open flaws
To Abu Mansour: I have faith in asshabab and to brother abu mansor al amriki.
To Abu Mansour: YOU HAVE TO SWIM TO KENYAN COAST TO BE SAFE.OWISE NO CHANCE @ibnnasrabdullah
To Abu Mansour: yes dats tru,but look at the maslaha. What s d benefit?
To Abu Mansour: ur exposing to the world the flaws of ur brothers. This ain't good no benefit gains. Bear patience nd fight the kuffar nstead
To Abu Mansour: nstead of twitting isn't it priority to fight the kuffars
To Abu Mansour: if dats ur case, den go to other jihad lands like mali.
To Abu Mansour: exposing ur brother's flaws worldwide is not jihad, go to other jihad lands if you cant fight there
To Abu Mansour: @JustOneBullet @HSMPress we always tell muslims that was the bigest lie subhanaAllah!
To Abu Mansour: where is the old abu mansur al amriki? Muhajir fighting
To Abu Mansour: @ibnnasrabdullah Good luck dude, you the want who started shit in SOmalia....
To Abu Mansour: reconsile with them
To Abu Mansour: CONTINUE TO EXPOSE THE ROTTEN HEADS OF AL SHABAAB BUT SOON THEY WILL BEHEAD YOU.
To Abu Mansour: definately no, but imam ahmad once jailed nd other ulamas opp by khalif mu'tassim billah. But imam ahmad 4gave d khalif
To Abu Mansour: YOU REALLY DONT KNOW ARABIC.MANY OF YOUR BROTHERS AL SHABAAB HAVE BEEN KILLED
To Abu Mansour: WERE YOU PROMISED 10 VIRGINS ?THEN CONTINUE DREAMING.
To Abu Mansour: YOU WENT TO SOMALIA AFTER BEING PROMISED 10 VIRGINS.NOW YOU ARE FACING DEATH.
To Abu Mansour: SOMALI PEOPLE WILL BE FREED FROM YOU TERRORISTS AT LONG LAST @abumuwahhiduk
LOL "@EmmanuelKosgei : To Abu Mansour: YOU WENT TO SOMALIA AFTER BEING PROMISED 10 VIRGINS.NOW YOU ARE FACING DEATH"
To Abu Mansour: so u r sying amriki s lier or crzy any wy i dnt like whn he talk agnst shbb & shbb do th sam the kufr r hpy wen it s lik tht
To Abu Mansour: have subra akhy we are with you
To Abu Mansour: you know you are making it christmas for the enemies of Allah
To Abu Mansour: you have already expressed your views and fears. if you die everybody will know that the Mujahideen have killed you
.@truestar4 So that's who you are.. "guys from da'wah and media.".. Mmmh.. @abul3abas To Abu Mansour:
To Abu Mansour: @abumuwahhiduk Youre position is very clear! May Allah guide you! Ameen! You only hurt youre selfes!
For more about American jihadists, check out J.M. Berger's new book, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, on sale everywhere.
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