Omar Hammami (right) in happier times with Mukhtar Robow, a senior Al-Shabab leader.
I'm writing to share a new article, "The Evolution of an American Jihadi: The Case of Omar Hammami," which was just published this morning in the June 2012 issue of the CTC Sentinel, a publication of the Combating Terrorism Center, an academic unit housed at West Point. This article is the third that has been published in the CTC Sentinel.
The article traces the evolution of the thought of Omar Hammami, a native of Alabama and one of the most famous Western Muslim jihadi foreign fighters. From late 2006 to early 2012 he was a member of the Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab). In March he released a short video in which he said that he felt that his life was threatened due to a falling out with Al-Shabab. His current status remains unknown. In May he emerged in new photographs and, possibly, via Twitter (see the article for more details). However he has been silent for several weeks. There are conflicting accounts of where he is, though he claimed in May to still be in Somalia.
The article can be read here: http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/the-evolution-of-an-american-jihadi-the-case-of-omar-hammami