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By Jonny Dymond BBC News, USA|
In the years after 9/11 the threat to America from Islamist militants seemed to come exclusively from abroad, but recent events have disproved that assumption - and posed the question how to prevent the radicalisation of Muslim immigrants.
Omar Hammami learned about his Muslim background on a visit to Syria as a teenager.
The town of Daphne in the state of Alabama is one of the last places you would associate with violent jihad.
It is a place of ease and comfort, tidy and prosperous. Large houses sit well back from the road, sprawling lazily in the trees in the warm spring sunshine. In front of many homes and shops the Stars and Stripes hangs, barely moving in the late afternoon stillness.
Here Omar Hammami grew up, an all-American boy, baptised and church-going.
Here he discarded his upbringing and religion and turned to an ever more orthodox Islam.
Few would have predicted it.
"His dad is Syrian, a Sunni Muslim, his mom's a Southern Baptist, from a little tiny town down here. His mom would take him to church and stuff like that," his schoolfriend, James Culveyhouse, explains.
Omar Hammami was popular at school, quick witted and charismatic, elected president of his school year.
Things started to change when Hammami visited Syria as a teenager.
"When he went on vacation he started to realise, I'm not just American, I've got this other side to me. He read more and more and by the time he was 15 he was like, 'I wanna be a Muslim,'" Culveyhouse says.
Over the years Omar Hammami became an adherent of stricter and stricter Islam - turning far more orthodox than his father.
Eventually both Hammami and Culveyhouse moved to Toronto, which has a large Somali community.
There, says Culveyhouse, Omar Hammami's Islam became powerfully politicised.
It seems the litany of some pro-West posters here is not working at home