OMAR HAMMAMI. Alabama-born Omar Hammami was profiled in a 2010 New York Times feature, 'The Jihadist Next Door.' Raised Christian in a Bible-Belt town, the son to a Syrian father and American mother was gradually drawn into fundamentalist Islam and in 2007 joined Somalia’s Al Qaeda-backed insurgent group Al Shabaab. He is identified by peers as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, 'the American.' He is said to be a rising star and major recruiter, as in this March 31, 2009, image from a recruiting video released by the jihadist forums. Hammami is still at large and is believed to be in Somalia.