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Terror Group Ousts American Jihadi for 'Childish Petulance'

Al-Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, ousted an American jihadi from group after he posted video contrary to terror group's teachings.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 12/18/2012, 9:53 PM

An armed guard in the central Somalian town of Belet Weyne
An armed guard in the central Somalian town of Belet Weyne
Reuters

Al-Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, ousted American jihadi Abu Mansour al-Amriki from the group after he posted online video messages contrary to the terrorist organization's teachings, CNN reported.

Al-Amriki, who was born Omar Hammami in a suburb of Mobile, Alabama, was, for a period of time, a key recruiter for the group, attracting Americans of Somali heritage to the African country to fight for the terrorist group.

In March, however, al-Amriki posted a video saying he felt like he was at risk. "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 sharia and matters of strategy," CNN reported.

Then in October, he reportedly posted another video, calling on jihadi leaders to intervene and ease problems between Somali and foreign terrorist fighters.

In response, the press office of al-Shabaab, released a statement Monday calling al-Amriki's videos "childish petulance."

The statement said he is no longer a member of the group and that its goals will not be derailed by the "the superficial allegations, frivolous ramblings and whimsical desires of those who wish to enhance their image at the price of Jihad and the Mujahideen."

According to CNN, while al-Amriki’s future remains unclear, it is unlikely he will return to the United States, as he has been indicted in federal court on terrorism charges.