The NAS shooting on Friday morning was carried out by a Saudi Aviation student. The FBI is investigating whether there is a terror link to the gunman.
Update: Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, the suspect in the Pensacola shooting, is a Saudi Arabian military member.
“The government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. They are going to owe a debt here given that this is one of their individuals…Anyone who serves in the Navy knows that this is a special place, Naval Air Station Pensacola. All these brave warriors who wear the wings, they come through here for flight training. And so this is a dark day for a very great place.” Florida Gov Ron DeSantis during a press conference
“NAS Pensacola is home to the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity’s International Training Center, which the Navy says was “established in 1988 to meet the aviation-specific training needs of international officers and enlisted students from allied nations.”
“Immersing international students in our U.S. Navy training and culture helps build partnership capacity for both the present and for the years ahead,” Cmdr. Bill Gibson, the center’s officer-in-charge, said in 2017. “These relationships are truly a win-win for everyone involved.”
The majority of the hundreds of students that have participated in the program, the Navy says, are from Saudi Arabia.”
A potential terror link?
“The majority of students are from Saudi Arabia.” Eighteen years ago aviation “students” at a small private company flew into the World Trade Centers and Pentagon. Should the US check into “students” more closely?
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are home to specific, rigid forms of Islam known as Wahhabism, and Salafiyya. Beheadings for violations of Sharia are common in Saudi Arabia, a fact which has caused their government some issues with the United Nations over the years, according to Reuters. Earlier this year, the Saudis beheaded 37 men with a sword. One of them was to be a student at the University of Western Michigan and had been arrested in 2012.
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