Somali terror group: US jihadi not in danger

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Posted: Mar 18, 2012 9:23 AM
Somali terror group: US jihadi not in danger

An al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group says it poses no threat to an American jihadi who appears on a web video saying his comrades want to kill him.

The al-Shabab militant group late Saturday posted on one of the websites it commonly uses that they posed no threat to U.S.-born Omar Hammami.

Hammami, known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki, or "the American," appears in an undated video saying he has disagreed with his al-Shabab comrades on Islam's Sharia law and strategy. The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.

Hammami grew up in the middle-class town of Daphne, Alabama, before joining the militants in 2007. He is the most visible foreigner in the ranks of the al-Shabab, which is trying to topple the country's weak U.N.-backed government.