Saw this story when it came out. It has been bothering me ever since. I remember when the same thing happened with the story about the al-qaeda operative (ali muhammed) who supposedly (according to the media) was an ex-Green Beret. Turns out that he was ex-egyptian army, and worked as a supply sergeant at fort Bragg, but was never an SF soldier. The Media did a good job trying to muck up SF's reputation back then, and it seems they might be at it again. I couldn't find any posts relating to this, so I thought Id throw one out there. If this is breaching OPSEC, I appologise. Just, if it's not true, then people should be told. This is from the NEW YORK POST.
I hope it's total BS..."He is the rare caucasian face in al Qaeda's online propaganda videos. No one knows his name. In jihadi circles, he is simply known as "The American." What is known is that he is one of the most high-ranking officials within the terrorist group and goes by Sheikh Abu Mansoor al-Amriki. He is currently in Somalia, training new recruits to al-Shabab - many of them American boys of Somali descent. It has been reported that he is an American Muslim, ex-US Special Forces, one of a handful who were sent unofficially to fight in Bosnia in about 1992, though the American government hasn't confirmed those reports."