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FBI targets Islamic extremists in US army

2012-06-26 11:03

Washington - The FBI is investigating more than 100 suspected Islamic extremists in the US military, following the 2009 "lone wolf" attack by an alleged al-Qaeda sympathiser that killed 13 people at a Texas army base, a news report said on Monday.

About a dozen of the cases are considered "serious" threats involving suspects believed to be actively planning attacks or in contact with dangerous extremists, National Public Radio reported.

The potential internal threats come from active duty military as well as reserves and civilians with access to military installations, the radio broadcaster reported.

The Pentagon declined to comment on the investigations.

The FBI discussed the investigation at a joint House and Senate committee closed-door hearing last December, according to NPR.

Fort Hood shooting

"I know one can say that as a percentage of the millions of people in active military service or working with contractors, the numbers you talk about are a small percentage of the total," Joseph Lieberman, the senator who presided over the hearing, told NPR.

"But the reality is it only took one man, Nidal Hasan, to kill 13 people at Fort Hood and injure a lot more."

In November 2009, US Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire on his fellow soldiers at a base in Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13.

An investigation revealed that Hasan was in contact with Anwar al-Awlaqi, a radical Yemeni American imam tied to Al-Qaeda.

Al-Awlaqi was killed in an American drone attack in Yemen in September 2011. Hasan's martial court trial has been set for August 20.

Comments
  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-26 11:09

    Are muslims allowed to join the US army?

      mukosit - 2012-06-26 11:19

      Fire them.

  • jameel.patel.39 - 2012-06-26 14:00

    How is it that everyone else is always extreme and US decisions are never. Nagasaki,Hiroshima, Vietnam, afghanistan, Iraq, lets telly up all the dead and see if we come up with an extreme amount of dead. And confidently say they all deserved it or say its part of war...

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-26 14:36

      Next ask yourself , what would the effects be if they didn't make those decisions? Invasion of Japan would have cost millions of lives both japanese and american . Communist imperialism would have continued its march unabated through Asia costing many lives (Vietnam), Afganistan would still be under taliban rule(and/or soviet rule) and iraq would still be under the genocidal tyrant Saddam would who had no problem invading neighbours, using chemical weapons on his own people and many other atrocities. You cannot say they all deserved it indeed but some perspective is needed.

      jameel.patel.39 - 2012-06-26 14:46

      you cant sit on the fence about this, its either you appose there actions or you for it...

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