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American Jihadi is the incredible story of a complicated relationship between journalist Christof Putzel and Omar Hammami, the American-born Christian who became one of the FBI’s most wanted Islamic extremists. Follow the evolution of their risky relationship, dodging government surveillance to confide in one other—until it all came to an abrupt end. American Jihadi is hosted and Executive Produced by Christof Putzel in partnership with Endeavor Content. Executive Produced by Adam Levine, Josh Gummersall, and Adam Harrison at 222 Productions. To see how we use your data, visit https://www.endeavoraudio.com/privacy-policy.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 64 Ratings

American Jihadi is the incredible story of a complicated relationship between journalist Christof Putzel and Omar Hammami, the American-born Christian who became one of the FBI’s most wanted Islamic extremists. Follow the evolution of their risky relationship, dodging government surveillance to confide in one other—until it all came to an abrupt end. American Jihadi is hosted and Executive Produced by Christof Putzel in partnership with Endeavor Content. Executive Produced by Adam Levine, Josh Gummersall, and Adam Harrison at 222 Productions. To see how we use your data, visit https://www.endeavoraudio.com/privacy-policy.

    Epilogue

    Epilogue

    Al-Shabaab carries out an unprecedented attack on a shopping mall in Kenya. Omar's family struggles to find solace and meaning after his death.

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    • 16 min
    The Chase

    The Chase

    As Godane consolidates his power in Al-Shabaab, Omar flees to the forest.




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    • 18 min
    Abu M American

    Abu M American

    As Christof's access to Omar slips away, the circle of people tracking him expands.




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    • 19 min
    The Ride

    The Ride

    Omar has disappeared, leaving behind a haunting audio recording.




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    • 25 min
    The Test

    The Test

    Secrets about Omar come to light. And his conflict with Al-Shabaab takes a turn for the worse.




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    • 21 min
    Origin Story

    Origin Story

    Christof searches for answers in Alabama to uncover Omar's path to Al-Shabaab.




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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

rquattro ,

Wow ! I’m just speechless after binge listening all episodes

I can relate to that feeling of ‘what now’? I binge listened to all the episodes and sat in my car another 15 min after Epilogue just wrapping my brain around all the moving parts. I became increasingly engrossed by this story every episode. I was gripped by the collateral damage to the entire family. The idea that there are 7 children out there and his parents and sister left to deal with the fall out. This guy made a choice (a really bad one) that had so many ripple effects on so many including the reporter and even indirectly the listener.
Gripping story telling. I hope you found peace some where after all this Christof I think you definitely brought the parents a sense of closure too even though it may have cost you a part of your soul.
Just wow !

kt the greek ,

Where is the rest!???

It says Jan 13 more episodes! A groping human story

Y_I_Outta ,

Irresponsible journalism

I gave the entire season a listen despite my early reservations about how sympathetic the reporter was to Omar. In the end, the podcast did far too much to glorify a murderer who never saw justice. There is ample evidence that they women who are taken as “wives” do so against their wills and the likelihood that Omar’s children are the product of rape and coercion is completely glossed over.

This journalist made a huge mistake in judgement by placating a terrorist and bending to his wishes instead of sharing this information with special forces who could have prevented further deaths (maybe even Omar’s) had they had the information sooner.

I don’t usually down vote podcasts because I don’t like the subject matter/ content, but given that this is presented as a piece of journalism, I think it deserves a two-star rating.

Also, from a production standpoint, it was confusing when they switched between interviewees without reintroducing who was speaking.

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