And grew a jihadi beard. But not one law enforcement official in America can surmise a motive.
The shooter’s real name is Mohammad Youssuf Saeed Al-Hajjaj
via Probe into Chattanooga shooting suspect turns to Mideast travel
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, a 24-year-old Kuwait-born U.S. citizen, who the FBI identified as the shooter, died on Thursday in a firefight with police after he killed the Marines and wounded three other people in a rampage at two military facilities in Chattanooga.
A little more than 24 hours after the shooting, the FBI said it continued to investigate it as an act of terrorism and that it was “premature” to speculate on the motive. Abdulazeez’s travel was part of the investigation.
“We do know that he has traveled outside of the United States,” Ed Reinhold, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said during a news conference.
“We are exploring all travel that he has done and we have asked our intelligence partners throughout the world to provide us with any information they may have concerning his travel and/or activities while overseas.”
Born to Palestinian parents and raised in a Chattanooga suburb, Abdulazeez may have family in Jordan, investigators believe, making a visit to that country highly likely, one of the sources close to the probe said. He may have made several stops, and a visit to Yemen has not been ruled out.
A trip to Yemen, long viewed as a training ground for Islamic militants, would raise special concern.
Abdulazeez, who studied engineering at a local university, is believed to have traveled to the Middle East between April and November 2014, according to one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak on the record.
Years ago, his father, Youssuf Abdulazeez, who attended Texas A&M University, came under investigation by a Joint Terrorism Task Force for possible connections to a militant group, one source said, but he was cleared of any association with terrorism or wrongdoing. It is possible but not certain that the probe resulted in the father’s name being placed on a terrorist watch list, according to that source.
The Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, where the New York Times said the suspect and his family worshipped, canceled activities planned to celebrate Eid, marking the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, according to its website.
An interview with one of Mohammod’s four siblings in the Chattanooga Times Free Press from 2010 suggested that as students at Red Bank High School, they encountered misconceptions of Islam and harassment by fellow students.
“There’s this misconception that Islam is a violent religion. Muslims are actually peaceful,” a 17-year old Yasmeen Abdulazeez said back then.
It’s not a misconception, and Muslims have been proving that for more than 1,400 years. Their inspiration? The Koran! via al-Reuters:
The suspected gunman in Thursday’s attack that killed four U.S. marines and a navy officer returned from a trip to Jordan in 2014 angry about conflicts in the Middle East and the reluctance of regional governments and the United States to intervene, a close friend of his told Reuters on Saturday. Hours before the attack, the suspect, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, sent a text message to the friend, seen by Reuters, which links to a Koranic verse that includes the text:
“Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.”
More on the Palestinian jihadist:
As Shoebat.com stated yesterday prior to media speculation, that the Tennessee shooter was Palestinian, now the government of Jordan confirms it as reported by CNN Arabic. Also, his real name is not Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez. The shooter’s real name is Mohammad Youssuf Saeed Al-Hajjaj born September 5th, 1990 and gained a temporary Jordanian passport. His father had changed his last name to Abdulazeez for unknown reasons in which his son then carried that last name as well. It is common for many Palestinians who are doing nefarious activities to change names.
While the media speculated his background and motive, his features, family Facebook, and connections were easy for us to establish that what we have here is a Palestinian pro-Hamas terrorist who went to Jordan and most likely got involved with ISIS affiliates. Jordan epecially is infested with a huge number of ISIS supporters as Shoebat.com has reported previously.
More from a neighbor:
Karen Jones, who lived next to the family for 14 years, said she was somewhat surprised last weekend by his appearance when she saw him walking with another man in woods behind the house, where he liked to shoot pellet guns at a red target suspended in a tree. “He had this big beard, which was not how he used to be,” Jones said. She said he was typically clean-shaven. The women of the family always wore head coverings in accordance with their Muslim faith, Jones said.
Ahmed Saleen Islam, 26, knew Abdulazeez through the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga and saw him at the mosque two or three nights before the attacks.
The mosques, the imams, the foreign funding. Inspired by Islam. It must be prevented from growing in the U.S. if the U.S. is to survive as a free nation.
PS: This is not new or based on a single act of terrorism. One of Creeping Sharia’s very first posts in 2008 highlighted the growing Islamic problems in Tennessee: Sharia Alerts: Tennessee. Now more Americans are dead. It’s happening in every state and at an unprecedented rate. Islamic history will represent this period of time as one of the greatest expansions in its bloody and destructive path to spread Islam. Who will stand against it?
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