After being frustrated by the Arab world ignoring his revelations about the bad behavior of Shabaab in Somalia, Omar Hammami posted an English version of his demise via a Twitter link today. In January, I suffered through some miserable Arabic translation nightmares to write the post “Hammami Reveals Deceit, Dissension and Death in Shabaab and al Qaeda!“, but now all can read of his demise and betrayal by al Shabaab in the English version at this link.
Back in January, Omar hoped to reach the Muslim world and maybe al Qaeda by publishing his latest troubles in Arabic hoping to appeal to that audience – since his previous YouTube calls for help broadcast in a mix of English and Arabic fell on deaf ears in the Arab World. Again, it appears Omar’s Arabic revelations from January didn’t find much audience amongst al Qaeda’s mainstream. However, Omar’s American audience, despite this being Omar’s home country which he despises, has read and paid attention to Omar’s plight. In January, Omar didn’t seem thrilled about myself and others in the West reading his Arabic pronouncements.
But today, it appears Omar has changed his tune, reaching out in English this time. Omar so desperately wants an Arab audience, but maybe he’s realized his biggest audience is in his native country. Here’s some clips from Omar’s English version of the document.
On Godane (Abu Zubayr):
As for Abu Zubayr’s entrance into the whole affair, well, his background is a bit unclear because he was in Pakistan during the days of the Russian occupation and no one knows with certainty if he really participated in the Jihaad or if he just sat in Peshawar.
On Somalis and their distrust of al Qaeda:
history has proven that the Somalis generally do not want any influence from al-Qaa’idah or foreigners in their internal affairs.
On al Qaeda fomenting fractures with Shabaab as much as Shabaab creating fractures between local Somali (Ansar) vs. Foreign Fighters (Muhajirs)
It is here that I blame the brother s from al-Qaa’idah to some degree (and I mean Abu Talhah as-Sudaani, Abu ‘Abdallaah, Fazul, and an-Nabhaan) because, despite have pure intentions (as we see it, but Allaah is their Reckoner), there developed a sense of competition between them and the brothers of the Salaah ad-Diin camp.
Al Qaeda’s shift to focus on Kenya as anticipated in this document here in 2007:
Eventually, and probably because of such divisiveness, the brothers from al-Qaa’idah went to Ras Chiamboni to focus on training Kenyan Somalis to do outside operations.
On al Qaeda’s lack of strategy in Somalia:
Here I don’t know what to say about the actions of the brothers from al-Qaa’idah. They split up amongst themselves without executing any real strategy.
and on this one, I have nothing to add. See the closing of the document….
And it seems I was duped by the slogans and the pretty words, and I hadn’t yet learned the realities,