Hammani's statement was posted by a jihadist known as "somalimuhajirwarrior," or "foreign Somali warrior," on a YouTube website earlier today, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.
"To whomever it may reach from the Muslims, from Abu Mansour al-Amriki, I record this message today because I feel that my life may be endangered by Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahideen due to some differences that occurred between us regarding matters of the Shariah [Islamic law] and matters of the strategy,"
according to a transcript of the statement that has been provided by the SITE Intelligence Group.
Hammami does not explain the reason for the dispute. Rumors have persisted of divisions in Shabaab over the influence of foreign fighters in the terror group.
- Shabaab officially merged with al Qaeda in early February after years of operating closely together. Hammami may have been estranged from Shabaab for several months.
- SITE notes that Hammami's "last release, an English-language audio lecture titled, 'Lessons Learned,' released in October 2011, was not issued by the Shabaab's media arm, al-Kata'ib, nor did it appear on Shabaab-affiliated websites, but was instead posted by a member of the Ansar al-Mujahideen English Forum (AMEF)."
- Hammami has served as a military commander, propagandist, "recruitment strategist, and financial manager" for Shabaab, and is closely linked to al Qaeda, according to the US government. Hammami is on the US's list of specially designated global terrorists.
The following are the comments posted beneath the video, kept here is as an archive - (sometimes comments disappear from you tube)
Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, Fitna is everywhere, also on the Ard ul Izzah, my brother I dont think Mujahideen would kill their own brother only because of differences in opinion or understanding, have sabr and keep trust in Allah. And if they execute you because they have a reason according to Shariah (for example like the execution of Ebuzer in Khurasan) then may Allah accept you from among the Shuhada. "Verily, with hardship there is relief" (Qur'an 94:6)
@caqiidah أخي هناك مقاطع لجورج بوش مركبة هنا على اليوتيوب يقولونه فيها ما لم يقل بصورة فكاهية جدا ,ومن خلال تركيب المقاطع بشكل لا يدعك تشك في أنه هو من قالها , فلن يعجز هؤلاء عن الإتيان بتركيب كلمات الأخ بهذه الصورة مع الحرص على قصرمدة المادة لتقليل احتماليات انكشاف الملعوب. هذا والله أعلم. ALSHAMAQMAQ 1 day ago
And would a true mujahid make a video like this? seems like he doesnt care much for his brothers in somalia who have taken care of him for so long and who have more than enough problems to deal with (kenya, ethiopia, amnisom, the tfg, not to mention their ultimate enemy the US) This video makes it really simple: either the entirety of shabab is with the kuffar or it is just Abu Mansour. i think the latter makes much more sense joerendo3 1 day ago @AbulHarith
14 come on look what happens to everyone he's been around - Saleh Nabhan, Harun Fazul, Bilal Berjawi, many of the mujahiroun from the US... they have all met untimely and very suspicious deaths. how do you think the kuffar finds these people? the kuffar dont have magic, but they do have money for spies. joerendo3 1 day ago
a Akhi, By this video you have singlehandedly managed to tarnish the image of Islam by alleging (without a shred of evidence) that the Mujahideen - the very people who aim to establish the Caiphate - are killers of innocent Muslims simply because you disagree with them on strategy. Wallahi you have bought nothing but sadness to the Muslims with this video while you have made the kuffar greatly rejoice...... May Allah forgive you my Brother! xasan1985 1 day ago