Four Marines and gunman killed in Chattanooga in ‘lone wolf’ attack

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Mourners places flags at a growing memorial in front of the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 16, 2015.

Mourners places flags at a growing memorial in front of the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 16, 2015. Four Marines were killed by a gunman who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, before being fatally shot in an attack officials called a brazen, brutal act of domestic terrorism. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tami Chappell

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(Reuters) So far investigators say they have found no ties between international terrorist groups and the suspect, Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who recently blogged that Muslims should not miss an opportunity to "submit to Allah."

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  • Bernardo

    Muslims demonize themselves via the history of Islam as seen in their founder, an illiterate, hallucinating, warmongering, greedy and lust-filled, long-dead Arab. As long as the Worst Book Ever Written aka koran is the operating manual of Islam, Muslims of any stripe cannot be trusted. And this ladies and gentlemen is why Islam will crash someday in a whirlwind of common sense and rational thinking.

  • gabe hawkins

    Bernard,
    only if it were that cut and dry. In their belief the only way a Muslim can have assurance they are going to heaven is to die in Jihad. There’s a fanatical religious component to their violence. And the difference between Christianity and Islam through the centuries is that, though Christians have tragically killed “in the name of Christ” that was a huge disconnect to what Jesus taught. Islam on the other hand, commands for all good Muslims to kill the infidels. It’s just “lucky” that the vast majority of Muslims in the world today are liberal and don’t take the entirety of their holy book seriously.

  • Neon Genesis

    As an actual citizen that has grown up in Chattanooga for most of my life and supports the rights and freedoms of mainstream Muslims but is also horrified by today’s tragedy, I would appreciate it if you didn’t hijack my city’s tragedy for the purpose of your Islamaphobic agenda.

  • Greg1

    One of the issues is that we have a president who refuses to take a stand against any nation or people. He is either easily hoodwinked by dangerous nations, such as Iran, or he is working behind the scenes to bring our Country down to its knees, and surrender to the world. Sadly, if we took care of ISIS when it was small, then they would have only enjoyed a passing moment, but instead they are becoming larger and larger, and will one day spread their evil violence everywhere, and killings such as these will become as common here, as they have become in the middle east. We have effectively opened our borders to let even more in, so it will only get worse. Sadly this will become the new norm unless we do something soon. And the solution then will be requiring American citizens to carry protection. Islam is a dangerous religion. Yes there are many humble Muslims, but until they stand up against the radicals, we have to be suspicious of all. Pray for Peace to our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Re: “At a news conference late Thursday, Edward Reinhold, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Knoxville, Tennessee, division, said investigators had found nothing that tied the suspect to an international terrorist organization.”

    For better or worse, one need not actually belong “to an international terrorist organization” in order to have been radicalized by them. In fact, the terrorist groups’ social-media campaigns make formal memberships almost irrelevant; they can inspire radicals and give them orders without ever having to hear from them at all.

    It’s all well and good to try to avoid admitting this guy was an Islamist militant, but it looks as though eventually authorities will have to … and once they do have to make that admission, they’ll look foolish for having denied it as long as they did. And the longer it takes, the more idiotic they’ll seem.

  • Ben in oakland

    And if your beloved George Bush and equally beloved dick Cheney had not decided to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, we wouldn’t have destabilized the entire Middle East and wouldn’t be facing the dangers from ISIS that we face to day.

    Funny how reality works.

    But Glad to see that you are an equal opportunity bigot. One man molests a child, and all gay men are child molesters. Some Muslims act like terrorists, and that makes all Muslims suspect.

    Too bad you don’t think that way when a Catholic priest molest a child. It couldn’t possibly be that all Catholic priest or not to be trusted, does it?

  • Bernardo

    Islamophobic? Give us a break!! Pointing out the truth about Islam and its holy book of horror and terror, said book being the operating manual of all Muslim terrorists is simply noting 21st century reality.

  • ben in oakland

    Christian phobic? Give us a break!! Pointing out the truth about Christianity and its holy book of horror and terror, said book being the operating manual of all Christian dominionists– the enlightenment put a stop finally to the terrorists– is simply noting 3rd- 21st century reality.

  • Wake Up Call

    On the 4th of July, just north of Chattanooga, my brother passed a truck on the road which had a big black flag flying in the wind that read “Isis, Surrender or Die”. They are here folks. Flying a flag like that should automatically get you arrested and turned over to the FBI or deported. Not so in this “America” where political correctness rules. Anyway, they’re too busy looking for Confederate flags around here so they can harass those folks.

  • Larry

    8 people are gunned down by a person who proudly displayed symbols of treason against the US and people are quick to make excuses and disavow any connection to domestic terrorism.

    4 people are gunned down and the same people are in a panic. Calling for attacking our entire notions of rule of law and democracy to defend from it.

    Since 9/11, for every act of Muslim terror, we have over 100 acts of domestic terror by homegrown racists.

    Yeah this guy was an Islamic militant. We treat him like every other militant miscreant in this nation, as a criminal matter. We do not do stupid things like attacking an entire religion or the rights of religious groups.

    Demonizing the entire religion of Islam is about as counterproductive as possible. The Islamophobes are doing the militants favors by acting as they represent the entire faith. Which was the militants’ intention.

  • Neon Genesis: I am very sorry, VERY sorry, that this happened at all. And I am sorry that it happened in your city. May all who mourn know the blessings of our Heavenly Father, whatever they may call Him, and whether they believe in Him or not. ALL people deserve peace, especially in this time of mourning and loss.

  • Larry

    Or come out and say he’s a Islamic militant terrorist.

    Its fairly safe to say he represents American Muslims much in the same way Racist militant terrorist Dylann Roof represents white southern men.

    Whereas with Roof, many in the media were already working spin control to disassociate from

    Frankly I find the Islamophobes are the best support Islamic militants can hope for. They give credence to the lie that the militants represent the entire Muslim faith. Islamophobes also tend to support measures which deliberately antagonize people who are useful in stopping the militants. Turning a War on Islam from a propaganda point to an actuality. Great recruiting tools for militants.

  • Neon Genesis

    Wow, your witty one paragraph rant on the comments section of an Internet site sure changed my mind! Way to go! You’re so deep and thought provoking (this is sarcasm)!

  • Neon Genesis

    STOP HIJACKING MY CITY FOR YOUR AGENDA!

  • Bernardo

    The New Testament has only one major atrocity, that of god committing filicide assuming you believe in this Christian mumbo jumbo. Said atrocity should be enough to vitiate all of Christianity.

  • Bernardo

    More reality:

    The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:

    One, man intelligent without religion,

    The second, religious without intellect. ”

    Al-Ma’arri
    , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

    Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth.”

  • Re: “Its fairly safe to say he represents American Muslims much in the same way Racist militant terrorist Dylann Roof represents white southern men.”

    I’m pretty sure I never said the guy “represented” anyone. I mean, I don’t see that in my earlier comment, but maybe it’s there somewhere.

    Re: “Whereas with Roof, many in the media were already working spin control to disassociate from [white supremacists, I assume you meant].”

    Yeah, they did. Another example of denialism which was equally asinine.

    Re: “Turning a War on Islam from a propaganda point to an actuality. Great recruiting tools for militants.”

    Saying the effort to quell Islamist terror is “a War on Islam” is precisely what those terrorists want, last I knew. Look, I get the impulse to avoid making groups look bad, but when someone belongs to one and they commit terrorist acts, it’s really laughable to deny it simply to avoid offending the group.

  • Dominic

    Now, this killer is an active Muslim who spent 7 months in Jordan last year, and has posted blogs openly that suggest he’s in Allah’s Army.
    Yet, we steer clear of calling this an Islamist terrorist attack? I wonder why, then, he targeted US Marines? Even if he acted on his own “voice”, the trail leads straight to Islam. Do we really need to wait for ISIS to announce that they were behind it before we call it what it is?
    Silly Obama country.

  • Be Brave

    It’s far past time to call what this guy did Muhammad behavior. Islam was invented by a guy that did exactly what this Muslim did. Our two biggest enemies are people that literally practice Political Correctness and the Muslims that practice Islam as Muhammad did. Both are killing Americans.

  • larry

    I am agreeing with you, but I think I was being slightly misconstrued. I chalk it up to a lack of clarity on my part. 🙂

  • larry

    Not at all. He is an extremist terrorist. There is always a lot of that going around.

    What we should steer clear of is thinking this guy represents the entire faith of Islam and act in ways to attack the entire religion. Do stupid things like treat every Muslim in America like they are all terrorists in hiding.

    The only thing worse than terrorism is crapping on our free way of life in lame attempts to combat them.

  • Oh, sorry. Thanks for clearing that up! Have a nice weekend! 😉