Several American fighters were shown at the end of the response to U.S. president Barack Obama's June speech in Cairo by Harakat al-Shabab commander, and another American (now believed to be Omar Hammami). Hammami, an American Muslim, stopped contact with his parents several years ago. He is a citizen of Alabama and former computer science major at the University of South Alabama (note that Abu Mansur, like the majority of jihadi leaders, is not a specialist in religious studies, but one of the hard sciences, as is AQC's chief ideologue, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is a surgeon by training) Abu Mansur al-Amriki ("Abu Mansoor al-Amriki" or "al-Ameriki").
I have written several times previously (see HERE) about the use of anasheed [religio-political themed songs with or without instruments], singular: nasheed, and video compilations that combine both visuals and anasheed. Below is an embedded video-anasheed compilation (in two parts) dedicated to American "martyrs", mostly of Somali descent, who traveled to Somalia in order to join Harakat al-Shabab and were killed in battle against the interim government of President Shaykh Sharif Ahmed and his African Union allies. The Americans are described as "emigrants" [Muhajiroun, in Arabic], in a nod to Islamic history and the status of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions when moving from persecution in Mecca to relative safety in Medina.
A number of popular Arabic jihadi anasheed are used in the video. Some information about each featured martyr is also included. The video is an excellent example of the use of such compilations as ideological tools in the praise of "martyrdom" and the use of violence under the banner of a religio-political cause.
NOTE [2:03 A.M., Jan. 22]: I just noticed that around the 23-second mark in the first part of the video, whoever made it used a cyber poster from my research archive which I used on the blog (it has a watermark). I found this kind of cool, I must say.
For some of my previous posts on Harakat al-Shabab, see HERE and HERE.