Attending to the reality. Journalist Christof Putzel goals to discover how a middle-class child from suburban Alabama grew to become one of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists within the explosive new podcast, “American Jihadi.”
Omar Hammami grew up as a Southern Baptist in Daphne, Alabama. Nonetheless, he first began to identify as Muslim in highschool after touring to Syria and assembly his Muslim family members. He ultimately dropped out of faculty and moved to Canada, the place he married a Somali-Canadian lady in 2004.
Hammami deserted his spouse and toddler daughter in 2006 to hitch the terrorist group Al-Shabaab in Somalia. For the following seven years, he served as a commander, propagandist and recruiter.
Alongside the way in which, he fashioned a bond with Putzel, a third-generation journalist who had lined terrorism for Al Gore’s short-lived channel, Present TV. “For greater than a 12 months, we corresponded in secret whereas he was hiding from U.S. forces,” Putzel says on the podcast.
Hammami was killed in on September 12, 2013, in an early-morning ambush, southwest of the capital, Mogadishu. The FBI eliminated him from its Most Needed Terrorists record in November 2013 and he was faraway from the U.S. State Division’s Rewards for Justice record that following January. However what made the previous American forged apart his household and turn out to be a killer?
Throughout eight podcast episodes, “American Jihadi” will discover Hammami’s secret friendship with Putzel because it takes unusual and twisted paths as they dodge authorities surveillance and danger all the things to speak in confidence to each other. That includes never-before-given interviews with Hammami’s household, the CIA and Putzel himself, “American Jihadi” questions what it means to be a journalist, a “hero” and an American.
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