Samir Khan and Omar Hammami: American al-Qaeda: Samir Khan Escapes US Not on NoFly List

I noticed a lot of traffic today on a post I did on American Omar Hammami, also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki. Some of that traffic, although not all, was coming from Saudi Arabia. I searched around for the source of the recent interest and found that another American, Samir Khan, is believed to be behind a new online English language magazine for al-Qaeda named Inspire. This makes the fourth known America-born Al-Qaeda member. Khan, a New Yorker, produced a similar online militant blog before he disappeared, thanks for no listting on a no-fly list. He is believed to be in Yemen. The new blog-magazine says it was posted by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Samir Khan

Khan’s new website featured an English-language recruiting video by Omar Hammami, another American born member of al-Qaeda. The video, in English, is targeted to the English speaking Somali’s inside the U.S. In this NY Daily News article, one of our own favorite terror blogs, The Jawa Report mentioned where I found this post dated July 28, 2010 saying that when Khan fled the U.S. he was well-known to intelligence for being attached to terrorists and terrorism, yet he apparently was not on a no-fly list.

Omar Hammami

FrontPageMagazine has this quote from Khan:

Islam denounces democracy, Islam denounces Christians and Jews, Islam denounces the corruption of the disbelievers upon the earth, and Islam is coming to crush the armies of disbelief and smash the false government and religions of the world to bring humanity from darkness into light,” wrote.

Samir Khan was born in Saudi Arabia but his family moved to Queens when he was 7-years-old. He became radicalized when at age 15 he attended a summer camp sponsored by the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA). Over the years the family moved to New Jersey and finally to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2004, which explains the numerous visitors I had today from that state. So yes, this also begs the question asked by Rusty Shackelford at The Jawa Report, how was this guy allowed to leave this country and operate openly out of Yemen? That gives us four know American-born al-Qaeda from the U.S.: Adam Gadahn, Omar Hammami, Samir Khan and Anwar al-Awlaki – who has the distinction of being on a White House targeted kill list.

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American Omar Hammami is Abu Mansour al-Amriki