A more full picture is beginning to emerge regarding the identity of the terrorist who killed four marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee yesterday.

It appears that extremist Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who shot up two military offices Thursday had travelled to Jordan last year for seven months.

An NBC report notes:

U.S. authorities are looking into a trip to the Middle East last year by Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, the gunman who killed four Marines in attacks on military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He left the United States in April, returned in November and traveled through Jordan.

Abdulazeez, 24, was born in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said Friday that he was of Jordanian origin.

He also may have traveled to Yemen a U.S. source close to the investigation told Reuters on Friday.

The news agency notes that there is no indication at this point that the suspect had any contact with militants or militant groups.

However, it has also emerged that the shooter’s father had been investigated several years ago for “possible ties to a foreign terrorist organization”.

Abdulazeez’s father was added to the U.S. terrorist watch list, according to a New York Times piece, but the investigation did not reveal any information about Abdulazeez, the paper said.

In a piece covering the findings, reporter Tony Cartalucci notes:

This means that yet another case of “domestic terror” has involved someone either investigated by the FBI, entrapped by an active FBI operation where FBI investigators posed as terrorist leaders and walked a patsy through every step of a terrorist attack before arresting them and thus “foiling” the attack, or linked directly to someone the FBI was investigating.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Adbulazeer was also arrested on a DUI charge on April 20, 2015.

Abdulazeez kept a blog, which has since been deleted, where he posted two entries last week, regarding his thoughts on Islam.

The Daily Beast reported on the posts:

The first post was entitled “A Prison Called Dunya,” referring to the temporal world. In it, Abdulazeez uses the hypothetical example of a prisoner who is told he would be given a test that would either take him out of his earthly prison—or send him into a more restrictive environment.

“I would imagine that any sane person would devote their time to mastering the information on the study guide and stay patient with their studies, only giving time for the other things around to keep themselves focused on passing the exam,” Abdulazeez wrote. “They would do this because they know and have been told that they will be rewarded with pleasures that they have never seen.”

This life is that test, he wrote, “designed to separate the inhabitants of Paradise from the inhabitants of Hellfire.”

The second post is called “Understanding Islam: The Story of the Three Blind Men.” It suggests Abdulazeez felt his fellow Muslims had a “certain understanding of Islam and keep a tunnel vision of what we think Islam is.”


Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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