Former Associate Wages Internet War With American Jihadi

After falling out with al-Shabaab, Alabama native Omar Hammami gets a comeuppance from someone who seems like a fellow Western jihadi. Did Hammami rip off someone else's jihadi rap?

WASHINGTON — An Alabama man who threw his lot in with the Somalian terrorist organization al-Shabaab is waging a technological war of words, though this time not with the West but with his fellow jihadists.

Omar Hammami, a.k.a Abu Mansour al-Amriki ("the American") and his former brothers in jihad have lately taken to Twitter, YouTube and now PDFs published on the Internet to take shots at one another, with Hammami accusing his compatriots of attempting to kill him while his newest detractor denounces him as "vacuous" and accuses him of "childish petulance."

Someone by the name of Abu Hamza Al-Muhajir (which happens to have been one of the aliases of deceased al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri) has lobbed the most recent grenade in an ongoing spat between Omar Hammami, a.k.a Abu Mansour al-Amriki, and his former fellow mujahideen.

J.M. Berger has the document, which was posted on Monday. In it, al-Mujahir criticizes Hammami for publishing a video last year that accused al-Shabaab of plotting to kill him. The video led to a public rebuke from al-Shabaab and since then, Hammami has resorted to trolling the group on his suspected Twitter account ("Amazing how the shabab keep busting a hole into the hull of the ship and hate anyone that refuses to help or says its a bad idea").

Al-Mujahir calls Hammami "vacuous" and "simple-minded" as well as stronger words, arguing at one point that he "reeks of the fetid odour of unabashed obsession with the self-image."

He also accuses Hammami of stealing the jihadi raps that lent him Internet fame:

Worth noting here also is that the Jihadi rap Nasheeds, 'send me a cruise' and 'make Jihad with me', that are often erroneously attributed to Abu Mansur are the work of another Muhajir, - another American Mujahid - but, of course, Abu Mansur would never say otherwise since the Nasheeds 'perfect' and complement his projected self-image.

Berger notes that the author of the screed writes in excellent and colloquial English, indicating that he's likely a westerner like Hammami, and that he uses British spellings at some points. Otherwise there's no indication of who he might be.

Hammami has stayed silent on his Twitter so far on this subject. He is thought to still be in Somalia.

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