Al-Shabaab Video 'Festival for the Children of the Martyrs,' with New Footage of American Commander Abu Mansour Al-Amriki (Omar Hammami) from Daphne AL just outside Mobile.
On April 15, 2010, the Al-Qaeda-allied Somali organization Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen released a 28-minute video documenting a festival held for the children of the organization's martyrs. The two senior Al-Shabaab leaders present at the occasion were movement spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage and the American commander Omar Hammami, aka Abu Mansour Al-Amriki.
Alabama-native and American jihadi Omar Hammami (Daphne AL), a commander in the Somali jihadi-insurgent group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen ("Al-Shabaab"; Movement of Warrior-Youth), makes an appearance in a new video produced by the group's media wing, Al-Kata'ib (Brigades) Media. The video, "Festival for Children of the Martyrs," documents a gathering sponsored by Harakat al-Shabaab for children of the group's fighters who have been killed in battle. Hammami's role, at least on film, is quite limited, despite his prominent place in advertising banners and posters for the video.
"Do you know who I will kill with this gun?" a little boy says into the video camera, waving his toy pistol. "Who will you kill with this gun?" the cameraman asks. "The infidels." The video, distributed on the Internet this week by Al-Shabaab's propaganda arm, shows a "children's fair" hosted by Al-Shabaab terror leaders. The boys and girls, identified as the children of "martyrs," are given balloons and snacks and rewarded with toy guns for correctly identifying the late leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, from a picture.
"What brought us together today is the blood of the martyrs," Mr. Hammami tells the children,. "So on the necks of the attendants today rests the responsibility of blood. Each of us should assume a part of this responsibility."As men, we have to continue the fighting started by those heroes. We have to abide by the principles for which those heroes were martyred.
They honoured the responsibility on them."Mr. Hammami then urges their mothers, who appear to be seated at the back of the room, to encourage the children to "learn military sciences" and tells the kids they "have to work hard and try to be like their hero fathers who were martyred in this path."
The children are later shown holding their plastic guns while waving black Al-Shabaab flags in a pose reminiscent of terrorist videos. One child crawls prone on the floor with his rifle while another grimaces and aims his toy AK-47 at the camera.
"We are horrified by these images and by the exploitation of these very young Somali children by senior leaders of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group," said Ahmed Hussen, president of the Canadian Somali Congress.
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