U.S. to expel Saudi military trainees after Florida shooting

U.S. to expel Saudi military trainees after Florida shooting

U.S. to expel Saudi military trainees after Florida shooting

Saudi servicemen training at USA military bases will be expelled from United States in the aftermath of a Pentagon review prompted by the deadly December 6 shooting by a Saudi Air Force officer at an American naval base in Florida, CNN reported on Saturday.

The 21- year-old Saudi Air Force police officer, secondLt Mohammed Alshamrani, opened up fire at the base in Pensacola, murder 3 US seafarers and also wounding 8 other individuals. He was shot dead by a sheriff's deputy. During the course of the investigation, we learned that the shooter posted a message on social media on September 11 of past year that said: "the countdown has begun".

Joshua K. Watson, Mohammed S. Haitham and Cameron S. Walters were killed and either others were injured in the attack.

Barr said 21 Saudi cadets were "disenrolled from their training curriculum" in the USA military and would leave the U.S. later on Monday after an investigation showed they either had child pornography or social media accounts containing "jihadi messages" and anti-American content.

An additional 15, including some of those who spread the anti-American rhetoric, were found to have possessed child pornography, Mr.

Officials have actually stated Alshamrani organized an event prior to the shooting, where he and also others enjoyed video clips of mass capturings. US attorneys had reviewed each case and opted not to charge the individuals, Mr.

The decision to expel them comes after the Pentagon ordered a review of screening procedures and suspended flight and other operational training for Saudi Arabian students in United States military programs.

The shooting in December raises questions about how well global military students are screened before training on American bases. Others Saudi officers in the US were involved in extremist online chat rooms, according to one of the officials.

Justice department officials say they need access to iPhones to view messages from encrypted applications like Signal or WhatsApp to find out if Alshamrani discussed their plans or had help.

"This assistance was critical to helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation determine whether anyone assisted the shooter in the attack", the attorney general said. Apple and other companies have said that encryption on phones is an important safeguard protecting millions of consumers against hackers and other criminals. In Monday's press conference, he asked Apple for help in accessing the phone.

The FBI declined to comment on Sunday.

Last week, Apple said it had already provided all the information in its possession to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The courts have yet to rule whether companies like Apple can be forced to change their business practices in order to give law enforcement agents access to phones and other devices.

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