Alabaman turned terrorist: This is Omar Hammami

This journalist spent over a year speaking to one of FBI's most wanted terrorists. This is a glimpse into the mind of American jihadist Omar Hammami.

One of the FBI's most wanted terrorists.

Journalist Christof Putzel spent more than a year talking to him. Omar Hammami was born and raised in Daphne, Alabama, but ended up fighting alongside Al-Shabaab, who is basically the African version of Al-Qaeda. The 2 had initially been in contacted because Hammami wanted the journalist to release his autobiography. “I think Omar reached out to me because, one, he saw that I had done this huge profile on him. And at the end of the day, he was a bit of a narcissist and likes the attention. I also think that he saw my take on Somalia as being very fair and accurate.”, Putzel tells Brut.

Sharing the conversations the 2 had 7 years after Hammami’s death in 2013, Putzel decided to reveal in a podcast the conversations the two had. He explained why it took him so long to release the conversations stating, “I think for the first time I got so close to a story that I didn't know how to make sense of it, and I wasn't sure what it said about me. And it took many years for me to process it where I was ready to tell the story the rest of the world.”

Hammami’s background Hammami grew up in a Baptist church. He converted to Islam when he was 15. Hammami radicalized gradually. He first dropped out of college. Then he moved to Canada, married a Somali-Canadian woman, joined Al-Shabaab in Somalia. From 2006 to 2013, Hammami served as a commander, propagandist, and recruiter within Al-Shabaab in Somalia. He addressed English speakers in his videos. But he started to speak out against Al-Shabaab leaders and invalidated their doctrine. Hammami became isolated on the run.

“Omar reached out to me when he actually thought that he was going to get killed and he had a right to be concerned because al-Shabaab was starting to kill off the foreign fighters or anyone who questioned them, including within their own ranks.”, Putzel reveals.

What to take away from this story “I'm careful to cast Omar as somebody who is some kind of hero, really speaking up for everything that was wrong, because at the end of the day, I don't know if Omar would've found justification for certain actions when they were in his favor… One of the important things that we wanted to get across in this story was this is not a piece about Islam and what can happen if you get really in Islam, this is about a personality.”, Putzel concludes.


02/11/2020 6:17 PMupdated: 02/11/2020 6:20 PM
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  • Herbert J.
    a day

    Muslim 💩💩💩🎚🎚🎚

  • Faiz M.
    7 days

    Al Shabaab means "The Youth" so who invented them CIA and MI5 in refugee camp in Northern Kenya in the early 90s to go and salvage their war torn country affter CIA assasinated Said Bare, it was planned from get go just like Boko Harram, Al Qaeda and Isis, what next ? Guess what who have been funding youths to rise up against governments and create lawlessness in South America, Asia and Africa U.S.A, France, Britain, Italy e.t.c Guys like Omar are those who are tired of western evil superiority ways

  • Juca S.
    05/17/2020 21:41

    Flipping PIG

  • Nathaniel Z.
    05/17/2020 12:09

    Omar is a terrorist

  • Abdi M.
    05/17/2020 08:31

    Islam is supposed to be a peaceful religion, not to be labeled as terrorists. All these extremist groups are doomed in this world and in the hereafter along with the rich Arab countries who fund them. They only bring death to the civilians and terrorize them for fun. May you all rot in hell.

  • Osman S.
    05/16/2020 10:34

    "I would have said something if Omar was planning something in America" but not in Somalia or any where else you miserable reporter you tainted like the terrorist you were investigating shame on you.

  • JN H.
    05/16/2020 07:59

    White trash

  • Karl E.
    05/13/2020 07:14

    No reason to know anything about this terrorist. You the reporter is just looking for a “ oh wow “ story.

  • George Y.
    05/12/2020 14:41


  • Saif A.
    05/12/2020 13:00

    You are terrist he is not

  • Denise S.
    05/11/2020 20:50

    Glad the idiot is dead.

  • Jimmy H.
    05/10/2020 14:37

    Friggin traitor.

  • Adam S.
    05/10/2020 09:36

    He found what he was looking for ! Bless his heart!

  • Sixto R.
    05/09/2020 18:47

    To make a long story short, converting to slam is not a good idea at all, it’s like Judas when he betrayed Jesus...

  • John P.
    05/08/2020 12:44


  • Luke B.
    05/07/2020 16:28

    And this is what Islam does. Invade, spread their sick ideas and prey on the weak minded to join their terroristic cause.

  • Tony R.
    05/05/2020 15:12

    That's what I call white guilt lol

  • Has U.
    05/04/2020 07:25


  • Luis J.
    05/03/2020 04:38

    He was born a christian became Muslim went on to kill other christians

  • Brian C.
    05/02/2020 20:50

    Al-Shabab burns women alive for refusing to be forced into marriage. What heros...