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July 18, 2015 9:13 am

US Probes Chattanooga Gunman’s Travel to Middle East

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The killer Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

The killer Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. U.S. authorities are looking into recent travel to the Middle East by Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who shot and killed four U.S. Marines on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn., before he was shot dead by police.

“We do know that he has traveled outside of the United States,” said Ed Reinhold, the FBI agent leading the probe into the shooting.

Authorities fear that Abdulazeez was radicalized in recent years and are investigating his visit to Jordan last year. They have also not ruled out a possible trip he made to Yemen.

Abdulazeez was born in Kuwait to a Palestinian father and was a naturalized American citizen. The FBI and police have said it is “premature” to declare his motive for the shooting, but have already called the attack “domestic terrorism.”

“It is a heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor to be killed in this fashion,” President Barack Obama said.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) called for greater vigilance in light of the growing threat of Islamic terrorism on U.S. soil.

“Chattanooga tragically is not the first time terrorists inspired by a twisted, hateful, violent Islamist ideology have targeted and killed American military on U.S. soil,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Constant vigilance, of course, remains absolutely essential in seeking to prevent such heinous attacks and apprehending anyone who threatens Americans before they strike.”

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  • Andy Ungerleider

    Why is President Obama unable to utter the words “Islamic Terrorism”?

  • Joseph Feld

    Baruch Dayan HaEmess. May G-d comfor the families of these four US Marines. The article says he was born in Kuwait to a Palestinian father etc. Did he have a mother? What was her background? Did he have to breach security to get into a Marine base? What can we learn from this tragedy?

  • Henryk B Zaleski

    What’s to probe? Islamic terrorist murders four active duty Marines and one Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy who died today. Those are the facts. Of course, Obama was too busy sending telegrams to congratulate the end of Ramadan rather than calling the families of murdered heroes of this nation. Is Ramadan so important Mr. President?

  • zadimel

    Abdulazeez’s tortured,distorted and perverted brand of faith should confine him to hell permanently. I am certain that his immediate family has already been questioned by local, state and federal authorities.

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